“We also recently received reports by Dr. Louis LaPierre and Dr. Eilish Cleary that have identified issues other jurisdictions have faced with gas extraction from shale formations and how they can be mitigated. Both reports came to the same conclusion - a moratorium on shale gas exploration was neither required nor desirable in New Brunswick as it would effectively limit the research and exploration required to learn more about the potential of the industry.”
“A few minutes ago, Mr. Leonard was asked to explain his statement that Dr. Cleary's report comes to the conclusion that a moratorium was neither required nor desirable in New Brunswick. Mr. Leonard answered that because Dr. Cleary stated in an interview that a moratorium is a 'moot' point, he assumes Dr. Cleary agrees that a moratorium is neither required nor desirable. What is your response to Mr. Leonard's statement?"Dr. Clear explicitly said What was quoted by the minister was not a conclusion in my report.
“Mr. Leonard's comment was not accurate. What was quoted was not a conclusion expressed in my report. I purposefully did not take a stance for or against shale gas development but rather focused on what needs to be done to protect public health IF this industry is to proceed in New Brunswick….Any inferred comment on a moratorium was not the intention or the point of my report.“