FREDERICTON, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Liberal Opposition has renewed calls for a moratorium on shale gas exploration until stronger rules can be put in place to regulate the practice.

Opposition Leader Victor Boudreau points to a Liberal-commissioned Corporate Research poll in which four out of five respondents said they have concerns about the environmental impact of hydro-fracking.

Boudreau says the survey backs up what his party has been saying all along: that better and stronger regulations are needed before shale gas development is allowed to proceed.

He says the Liberals are worried that if the Tories do put forward some regulations this spring, it will be done so with little public consultation.

He says with exploration companies just weeks away from resuming their work in the province, the government must move now to put a moratorium in place.

The Corporate Research poll involved 400 respondents and was conducted during the last two weeks in February.