Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Natives Shut Down SWN Open House Today in Durham Bridge

First Nations members surround SWN General Manager Tom Alexander today at a company information session on shale gas in Durham Bridge, demanding he and his executives stop the presentation, leave the premises and the province. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

An unidentified member of Wolostokyik First Nation confronts SWN General Manager Tom Alexander at a company open house public information session today in Durham Bridge. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Tobique First Nation Protection Officer Stephen Perley demands SWN General Manager Tom Alexander stop the company's public information session on shale gas and leave premises today in Durham Bridge. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

SWN General Manager Tom Alexander leaves a confrontation with Natives at the company's public information session today in Durham Bridge. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Members of Wolostokyik First Nation speak to RCMP Sergeant J. Stenger with their demand SWN leave the building while SWN bodyguards look on and protect General Manager Tom Alexander on the other side of the blue door. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

A convoy of SWN executives leave the location of their public open house information session today in Durham Bridge after being shut down by First Nations members. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

SWN executives leave the location of their public open house information session today in Durham Bridge after being shut down by First Nations members. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Protesters bid goodbye to SWN executives as they leave the company's open house today in Durham Bridge after being shut down in a confrontation with Native members. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Natives and protesters celebrate after shutting down the open house by shale gas company SWN today in Durham Bridge, forcing executives to leave ahead of schedule. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


  1. why there is nothing about this on cbc? Cant you pass this on to them. As for NB (where little happens) this will be equivalent of Etna erruption.

  2. the news only reports on what they feel they want to... we need a tv station not owned by Irving or the goverment, then we will see what accually is going on...

  3. Make no mistake, there is a war being waged in NB. It's not just the Shale gas issue either. I love this page. I love the visual of Fatigue dressed militants forcing these corporate welfare whores out on their asses. These company's in bed with the government are poisoning peoples water and air, they are destroying peoples property and homes. There is no other way to look at what is going on than to view it from the angle that we are fighting a war. God speed to those who resist!

  4. Why did they try to stop the presentation? Was it on a First Nation? If not, what business did the "security" have asking them to leave the premises? The cops should have showed up in force and chased away those disrupting the proceedings,if you ask me.

  5. So you want "fatigue dressed militants" allowed to disrupt and put an end to any public meeting that you don't agree with? An Information session? That'll sure put a crimp on political rallies and campaigning!
    In this land, people can lawfully put on these info sessions; the lawbreakers are the "bullying" native community, who "one on one" are as gutless as can be and simply seized an opportunity for some press... and now you people are all pissy because it wasn't reported mainstream. In the real world, these a-holes that disrupted a harmless information session should have been arrested. Seems like you people are in favour of silencing dissenting voices. I'd want to know what the people had to say.
    You want a war? Bring it!!

  6. Oh Craig ODonnell you have no idea what you are talking about, is this the first you've heard of FRACKING?

  7. Wow the insanity grows. So no intelligent discourse, no exchange of information, just screaming fatigue dressed militants disrupting industrial activity. Is that how our civilization runs?

  8. This is just another example of how the Conservation Council and other anti progress zealots are waging this war against knowledge and true information. By keeping New Brunswickers ignorant of the facts and benefits of an oil and gas industry, the Conservation Council and these first nation representatives are on the same level as the Taliban who refuse to allow women to be educated. Information leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to freedom and prosperity. I am tired of living in a have not province and accepting crumbs from the other provinces. This is our chance to prosper and become a have province. Lets not blow it!!

  9. hey buddy...who ever you are, saying we dont know what were talking about....I do and have worked enough in the industry drilling through different rock formations ranging from 0M to 7000M....know, reading an article and informing with your comments, thats not science....living and seeing with both eyes, how its done, thats science. sorry bud, you'll have to live with crumbs as that is true richness.

  10. first time i have read anything like this.if the first nations want to use force,then let us answer with force.dont depend on the police. my name is peter stewart.

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