10/22/2012 06:33 EDT | Updated 12/22/2012 05:12 EST

Activist planning own report in response to New Brunswick shale gas study

FREDERICTON - A social scientist in New Brunswick is preparing a report in response to a study released last week that said a moratorium on shale gas development would not be in the province's best interests.

Jean Louis Deveau, a member of the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians, says he doesn't see how biologist Louis LaPierre arrived at that conclusion.

LaPierre, a professor at the University of Moncton, was hired by the provincial government last May to study the shale gas industry following public meetings throughout the summer.

His report rejected a moratorium on shale gas development as sought by the Opposition Liberals, saying it would halt research on the issue.

His report also called for a phased-in approach to shale gas development in the province.

Deveau, a Green party candidate in the 2010 provincial election, says he's gathering transcripts of all the public meetings, and hopes to present his own findings in three or four months.