Media Release FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED June 26 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Moncton, New Brunswick

FRACK BACK! PEOPLES LAWSUIT LAUNCHED TO STOP SHALE GAS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Actions Filed Against Southwestern Energy, Provincial and Federal Governments For Violating Aboriginal, Constitutional, Environmental and International Laws


Earlier today, the ‘Peoples Lawsuit,’ was filed in St. John to stop Southwestern Energy Resources Canada (SWN) and the Canadian government from continuing involvement in shale gas operations in the province. 
A Notice of Action to enjoin the province of New Brunswick in the lawsuit was filed separately. 

After local activist Willi Nolan was obliged to defend herself and “Jane Doe” — who is any of the yet-unnamed protesters who have not, but could be named — in SWN’s SLAPP lawsuit against her. She retained lawyer Larry Kowalchuck and gathered allies together to launch a private lawsuit. Today, she and seventeen more Plaintiffs brought their case before the New Brunswick courts.

Lorraine Clair, speaking on behalf of the Plaintiffs, said “Speaking on behalf of my family and I, we want our land and water to stay as it is for us and more important our future generations. With this, we want all oil and gas companies to stay off our lands and waters and to end any future plans of coming into our Hunting, Medicine and Burial grounds. We also wish to ask for damages from the companies and their contractors who have already caused harm to us and our land.”

Plaintiff, Marcel White, states “The courts have to do their part to stop climate change and protect our lives.  We are demanding that they permanently remove the extreme threats that that we are facing from shale gas development in the Peoples Lawsuit.”

The Plaintiffs and their lawyer believe that the governments of Canada and New Brunswick and their courts have attacked their rights by illegally granting approval to SWN to develop shale gas, ignore environmental protection laws and unlawfully use malicious lawsuits and police aggression to attack and repress protectors of civil and human rights.

Lawyer Larry Kowalchuck states, “After being traumatized by aggression against peaceful protesters, regaining confidence in the Rule of Law is essential for the protection, peace and security of the people of New Brunswick.  This lawsuit is a tool that we are using to offer protective exposure to those men and women who have been placed at risk because they are struggling for the respect of their rights and the Rule of Law.  I am humbled and honoured to represent courageous people whose genuine intent is to protect their threatened lives, lands and waters. We are asking the New Brunswick courts to grant the people and all the life forms that they are defending an injunction against shale gas development and reparations for the wrongdoings that they have suffered.”

The legal action asks the courts to evaluate its commitment to human rights and fairness in judicial proceedings, to right the many wrongdoings and to uphold the Rule of Law, Peace and Friendship Treaties and the lawful rights of both indigenous people and citizens.

Willi Nolan says, “I know this is a big step but I have no fear. We are doing what needs to be done.”

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Contacts:  Lorraine Clair (506) 523-8291 <lorrainetootoo4life@gmail.com>;  Marcel White(506) 785-4660 <marcelwhite1987@gmail.com>; Marc Bernard (Français) (506) 875-6364<marc_bernard@live.com>; Dallas McQuarrie 506-876-4431<dallasmcquarrie@gmail.com>; Willi Nolan  (506) 785-4660 <grammawilli@gmail.com>

Background information  –
Peoples Lawsuit –  http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/peoples-lawsuit/ http://peopleslawsuit.com
* All Stars * PEOPLES LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS – http://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/?p=517
*JANE DOE TO MAKE HER CASE VS. FRACKING COMPANY SWN RESOURCES* –http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/media/release/press-conference-jane-doe-make-her-case-vs-fracking-company-swn-resources  Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter –
Frack Back! The Peoples Lawsuit web page – http://peopleslawsuit.com
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/peopleslawsuit
“Jane Doe” SLAPPs Back! Defending Lawsuit to Silence & Intimidate Anti-Fracking Protestshttp://willinolanspeaks.com/shares/jane-doe-slapps-back-defending-lawsuit-to-silence-intimidate-anti-fracking-protests/
NB Referata Wiki – http://nb.referata.com/wiki

Statement of Claim Court file number (St. John Court of Queen’s Bench) S-C/263/14