This publication received a reply from everyone it contacted today on the story involving SWN's claim of physical assaults on some staff. Everyone, that is, except the Department of Natural Resources. The department's communications team of Anne Bullmonteith and Steve Benteau have often snubbed this publication's requests for statements and information. So we went to their offices at the Forestry Complex in Fredericton. Once again we were snubbed. Why does the Natural Resources department not want to speak to the alternative media in New Brunswick? The optics on the situation aren't good. It forces us to ask, what does the department have to hide?