10/02/2012 04:15 EDT | Updated 12/02/2012 05:12 EST

New Brunswick not releasing shale gas study recommendations from health officer

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health has issued recommendations on how the provincial government can track the health effects of the shale gas industry.

But the government says it is not making those recommendations public and Dr. Eilish Cleary won't be giving interviews on the issue at this time.

Tracey Burkhardt, a spokeswoman for the province's Health Department, says Cleary's findings will be shared within the government as it tries to determine how the shale gas industry would be regulated if it is further developed.

In May, the government appointed University of Moncton biologist Louis LaPierre to lead a series of public meetings on its proposed shale gas regulations.

Burkhardt says the government will release LaPierre's report later this month.