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CME NB calls for timeline on shale gas ban

For Immediate Release FREDERICTON – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is calling on Premier Brian Gallant and the New Brunswick provincial government to develop a timeline for lifting the ban on shale gas exploration in the province. The Liberals' ban, announced Dec 18 will have economic impacts not only on the natural resource sector, but, will have reaching effects on the supply chains and employment in the Sussex and Elgin regions of New Brunswick. "We call on the government to work with our members to develop a timeline to lift this ban on shale gas explorations," said Joel Richardson, Vice President for CME New Brunswick. "Shale gas exploration and extraction has a record of safety in New Brunswick dating back to the 90s and we hope the government will move quickly to gather the information necessary to meet the five requirements to allow this economic driver to continue. Furthermore, we encourage the Premier to work with companies to fully assess the quantity of the natural gas resource available so that we all know just what the opportunity for economic growth is." CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

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