12/06/2011 06:28 EST | Updated 02/05/2012 05:12 EST

New Brunswick Shale Gas Development: Greens, NDP Call For Immediate Halt

FREDERICTON - Three political parties in New Brunswick are calling for an immediate halt to shale gas development.

The Green party of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick New Democrats and the People's Alliance of New Brunswick have issued a joint statement saying there are growing concerns over the environmental damage.

NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says the parties have agreed on a so-called conditional ban, coupled with a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis.