District 2 RCMP reported in a website press release yesterday, that seismic recording devices were vandalized over the weekend by one or more people in the area of Cumberland Bay. The mounties are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
The Purple Violet Press has asked SWN for comment since it is in that company's licensed area the vandalism took place. However, SWN has yet to reply.
Security teams have been accompanying SWN seismic testing employees for some weeks now, but this is the first public mention of any vandalism to equipment. Since we have had no reply, it is assumed SWN employees lodged the complaint with the RCMP. Or perhaps it was JD Irving, since that company is also supplying SWN with seismic equipment.
Above, a seismic recording device owned by Irving is being used around the province by SWN Resources to find potential shale gas deposits. (Photo: Ban Fracking NB)
The Purple Violet Press has contacted JDI and hopes to receive a reply on the matter soon.
This publication is aware that locals throughout SWN's licensed area have recently been removing markers placed by seismic exploration teams in areas showing potential for shale gas drilling, but no vandalism, confrontations or violence was a part of these removals, that we are aware of. These new reports of damaged equipment begin what seems an escalation of the opposition to the shale gas industry in New Brunswick.