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Statement: The Sierra Club Stands with Anti-Fracking Protesters in New Brunswick, Canada

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Friday, October 18, 2013
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Eddie Scher, 415-815-7027

For Immediate Release

[San Francisco, CA] Yesterday more than 40 members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, including Chief Arren Sock of the Mi'k Maq Nation, and supporters were arrested by police at an anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick, Canada. Photos of the incident show a militarized police force arresting injured protesters.

Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, issued the following response:

“The Sierra Club stands with anti-fracking protesters in New Brunswick, Canada, and around the world who are protecting their land and their families from the real danger that fracking brings to the health and safety of their communities.

“All Canadians and all Americans should ask themselves whether a police response with tactical units and snipers was meant to serve public safety, or squelch opposition to fracking in the service of the oil industry.”

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