Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Route 625 Blockade

View of Route 625 Blockade near Stanley by anti-shale gas protesters on August 9, 2011. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Trucks and seismic testing equipment was blocked from moving from an exploration site yesterday by anti-shale gas protesters. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Personnel from SECURITAS, Geokinetics and SWN wait out the anti-shale gas blockade of their equipment yesterday near Stanley. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

RCMP officers Sergeant Stenger (left) and Constable Tremblay (right) are filmed by blogger Charles LeBlanc yesterday as they secure the blockade area on route 625 near Stanley. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

First Nations elder Alma Brooks, gesturing in center, is interviewed by local media during the anti-shale gas blockade yesterday on route 625 near Stanley. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Geokinetics supervisor, Terry Palaniuk (left) and SWN supervisor Mike Rhodes (center) speak with RCMP negotiator Corporal Tony Vienneau (right) yesterday to determine when/if their vehicles can be removed from the blockade. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Anti-shale gas protesters Julia Linke (left) and Amanda Greer (right) stand their ground at yesterday's blockade of SWN seismic exploration equipment on route 625 near Stanley. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Geokinetics personnel had no choice but to wait for the situation to be resolved yesterday while anti-shale gas protesters and shale gas company supervisors negotiated release of company equipment during the route 625 blockade near Stanley. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Blogger Charles LeBlanc (right) spoke to SWN seismic testing site supervisor Mike Rhodes yesterday during the anti-shale gas blockade on route 625 near Stanely. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

SECURITAS had personnel on  hand yesterday during the route 625 blockade near Stanley as part of the security detail hired by SWN to help protect equipment and staff. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Bumper sticker on the back of a Geokinetics vehicle caught in the anti-shale gas blockade on route 625 near Stanley yesterday. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Conservation Council of New Brunswick staffer Stephanie Merrill came out to meet protesters yesterday during the route 625 blockade by anti-shale gas protesters. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

A First Nations youth poses with RCMP officers present at the route 625 blockade yesterday. Many of the officers present were of First Nations heritage. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


  1. The rcmp should be making arrest for blocking a road/highway and get the workers working as they are paid to do,this isnt oka/quebec.So rcmp officers start checking your law books and arrest the protesters for the obvious crimes being commmited here.

    anti-protester/all 4 shale gas in n.b

  2. Unlike the prior commenter, i do not think arresting anyone is in order here. I believe if this is a peacefull protest, i surely see no violence as presented, then this will take its course.Who owns the road? There are many issues at hand. Thank you for the coverage.

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