Letters to the Editor

Monday, 22 August 2011

Arrest made in latest shale gas dispute

Simon Nash from Durham Bridge has been arrested and expected to be charged with theft. Arraignment likely to be at 1:30 pm. Details to follow. Link below to CBC website story:


UPDATE:  Nash was arraigned in a Fredericton courtroom today by Judge Mary Jane Richards on charges of breach of an undertaking and theft over $5,000. He was released on an undertaking to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and to abstain from alcohol. Proceedings were set over until September 7 for a trial date.

RCMP Press Release:

On August 18, 2011, at approximately 5:50 pm, members of the District 2 RCMP executed a traffic stop on English Settlement Road in Taymouth, NB.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of seismic testing equipment. 52 year old Simon Juan Nash, of Durham Bridge, was arrested and later released. 
A short time later, RCMP pulled over the same vehicle for a traffic violation. Simon Nash, a passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in violation of court ordered conditions and he was re-arrested. 
Nash appeared in Fredericton provincial court on August 19 and was charged with theft in excess of $5000 and breach of a court undertaking. He was remanded into custody and appeared in court on August 22, 2011  for a bail hearing.  He has been released on several conditions and will appear in court next on September 7, 2011 at 9:30 am.
The investigation is ongoing.


  1. This person has no connection to any of the protest groups, he is not associated to the shale gas movement in any way shape or form!!!

  2. congrats to the R.C.M.P for a job well done and hope they arrest and charge more protesters.

    Fr:The people for shale gas

  3. @Anonymous. Charge them with what?? Protesting? this is a democratic country!!

  4. angry young man its against the law to block a highway,steal other peoples stuff,damage other peoples property and uttering threats.So in my opinion all you protesters are guilty of breaking the law in one form or another.But here's a question that you may be answer for me:"when the protesting is over and we have shale gas,are you protesters going to be in line looking for the jobs that it creates in new brunswick?If so why,cause your the same people who didnt want shale gas?

    Fr:the people for shale gas

  5. Informed Citizen24 August 2011 at 09:19

    you tell me where the jobs are?? tell me that!
    there are no jobs with shale gas. you obviously do not have a clue what you are talking about, if you think there are jobs for New Brunswickers with Shale gas.
    Fr: Informed Citizen

  6. My experiences what Informed Citizen stated. Here in Pennsylvania, most of the jobs posted go to experienced workers from Oklahoma, Texas, or Arkansas. The natural gas extractors claim to 'hire locals', yet few get the job. There's only one school recognized by the industry for training. Minimal involvement by gas industry attempting to train or employ locals.

    Insist on industry sanctioned training before allowing the drillers would be my advice.

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