Akwesasne Anti-fracking Protest Briefly Closes Seaway International Bridge

by Norman Provencher / Warrior Publications

Protesters on the Seaway International Bridge at Akwesasne, Mohawk territory, Nov 9, 2013.

Protesters on the Seaway International Bridge at Akwesasne, Mohawk territory, Nov 9, 2013.

OTTAWA — The Seaway International Bridge between Cornwall and the U.S. was closed for about an hour Saturday as First Nations protesters stage an “information march” in opposition to hydraulic fracking gas extraction processes.

The bridge was closed at about noon as about 50 protesters from the Akwesasne First Nation and others walked along the span handing out information flyers.

The protest was originally planned in support of protests in New Brunswick involving the Mi’gmaq people, but organizers say their intention was to highlight the fact that the controversial extraction process was “spreading out all over the place.”

Cornwall Const. Sherri Cameron said the Seaway International Bridge Corp. decided to shut the span while protesters walked along the pavement handing out information flyers.

“There was no difficulty, it was just a matter of everyone’s safety,” she said.

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