POLITICS

New Brunswick would get $13M in spinoffs if shale gas sector proceeds: study

06/10/2013 10:01 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT
FREDERICTON - A new study says each gas well in New Brunswick would generate about $13 million in economic spinoffs if the province were to forge ahead with a shale gas industry.

The report by Deloitte says there would be opportunities for companies in the province to provide support services such as equipment rentals and transportation.

The study, which was done for the New Brunswick Business Council, estimates each well would create about 21 jobs.

But an alliance of community groups issued a statement today in response to the study, saying the foundation upon which it is based is weak as are its conclusions.

There has been strong opposition from people concerned that the wells could contaminate groundwater supplies.

A number of companies are exploring for shale gas in the province.