Water and chemicals bubble up from a punctured aquifer off of Highway 126 near Rogersville. An elderly man was walking through the forest on his land when he noticed a swamp had sprung up from nowhere. He saw that the water was coming from a hole in the ground beneath a tree tacked with a metal plate saying it was one of SWNs exploration lines. The hole, called a shot-hole, was drilled by SWN contractor Geokinetics as part of seismic exploration work. The company creates holes then fills them with explosives. Seismic data is then gathered from the explosion. It is believed that the aquifer is exposed to contamination as a result, although SWN denies that the testing is unsafe. The few regional highways are major arteries for local traffic and the most direct routes through the thick forest. They provide an efficient thoroughfare for SWN to collect seismic data on the amount of natural gas hiding in the underground shale formations. On October 17, 2013, anti-fracking protests turned violent when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided the encampment that had been peacefully blockading SWNs equipment, preventing them from doing seismic testing- a prelude to fracking. The RCMP arrested 40 people while torched police cars sent clouds of black smoke into the air. Police pepper sprayed elders from Elsipogtog, fired sock rounds to control the crowd, and an RCMP officer was infamously recorded shouting Crown land belongs to the government, not to fucking natives. The community responded by steadfastly maintaining encampments in key locations to disrupt any attempted work by SWN. On December 6, 2013 SWN pulled out and ended their operations in New Brunswick. Community members believe they will return, and that the fight is far from over.
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