The date for provincial municipal elections was released today by Elections NB and will take place on Monday, May 14, 2012.
It is expected the shale gas issue will be a factor in many local elections, given shale gas company SWN holds licenses to explore on lands within town and city limits of municipalities around the province. Those licenses are contained within a swath of land SWN leased from the government that runs from east to southwest across the province.
The above areas in beige show lands leased by SWN for it's shale gas work in New Brunswick. (Map: DNR)
The company has stated in the past it will do no seismic exploration or drilling without permission of city and town councils.
Above, Friends of UNB Woodlot member, Mark D'Arcy. (Photo: Charles LeBlanc)
Fredericton resident Mark D'Arcy, a member of the Friends of the UNB Woodlot, has called on Fredericton City Council to ban any shale gas exploration within city limits. D'Arcy has also suggested a buffer be put around the city limits to avoid any underground drilling extending to city lands. Friends of the UNB Woodlot have been invited by the City to make a presentation to council on the ban and buffer, along with the implications for the city's fresh drinking water if shale gas industry goes ahead on the UNB woodlot.