New Brunswick government to release public health report on shale gas industry

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FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has now decided it will release a public health report in its entirety on the shale gas industry.

Environment Minister Bruce Fitch says the report by Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health, will be released on Oct. 15 along with a report by University of Moncton biologist Louis LaPierre, who gathered input on proposed shale gas regulations.

Dr. Cleary examined the potential health impacts of the shale gas industry.

Until today, the government had only committed to releasing some of Cleary's report.

Fitch says her report covers a wide spectrum and even touches on non-health issues, such as royalties.

He says all government departments need to examine the reports and provide feedback before the documents can be made public.

Organizations: University of Moncton

Geographic location: New Brunswick, FREDERICTON

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