A simple submission: when it comes to pollution, exploration and extraction pose an undue risk to riparian rights, may conflict with federal fisheries mandates, and aboriginal title is far from clear. Unlike Alberta, the place where most of the oil companies are familiar with extraction, New Brunswick's bundle of property rights, some of which date back to the Royal Proclamation of 1763, are much more complicated due to aboriginal title (just ask Jackie Vautor). These vulture companies also depend on subsides like free water, and their heavy equipment ruins our roads much quicker, adding to taxpayer burden. This issue will be kept in litigation for many years after any lifting of a moratorium. Oil people won'the get rich on fracking in New Brunswick, but lawyers certainly will.
Submitted by: Timothy John Meehan, Miramichi NB