The Purple Violet Press learned this morning that the provincial meeting informing municipal officials around the province on the facts about shale gas was indeed scheduled for Thursday. The Natural Gas Group, a government steering committee overseeing the shale gas industry in New Brunswick, said Natural Resources and the Environment Department arranged the meeting, but was cancelled after it was found not many would be in attendance. There is no word on whether the meeting will be re-scheduled at a later date.
Anne Bullmonteith, a communications advisor with DNR, gave the following response when The Purple Violet Press inquired about the meeting:
"I checked with the Natural Gas Group. I was unaware but yes, there had been a meeting arranged between staff at Natural Resources, as well as the Department of Environment to speak to municipal administrators about the shale gas file.
Meetings are regularly held with municipal administrators on a variety of government issues.
Because we are in the middle of summer and the responses of those who could attend was low, the meeting has been cancelled. It may be re-scheduled but there is no date set..."