Aug. 24: Shale Gas Company Stops Testing over Violence Concerns

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Southwestern Resources Canada has stopped all seismic testing over concerns for workers’ safety amid mounting protests against the company’s gas exploration program. There have been several physical assaults on personnel and thousands of dollars in equipment stolen, damaged or destroyed, as well as threats of continued violence. Citizen groups and environmentalists have expressed concerns about possible contamination of groundwater supplies from hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”