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Thousands gather at legislature to protest Northern Gateway pipeline 0

Jim Morris

By Jim Morris, 24 hours

Thousands gather at legislature to protest Northern Gateway pipeline

Thousands gather at legislature to protest Northern Gateway pipeline

Environmentalists, native leaders and union officials joined ordinary citizens on the B.C. legislature grounds Monday to protest the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Thousands of people attended the gathering to voice their disapproval of Enbridge's plan to build a pipeline to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta oils ands through northern B.C. to a tanker port in Kitimat.

"Today's turnout shows the widespread opposition to tar sands tankers and the Enbridge pipeline,'' said Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik'uz First Nation.

"There's a clear message here for Canadian politicians, and they ignore it at their own peril.''

Opponents of the project fear the environmental impact of a pipeline leak or the damage to the coastline from a tanker spill. Environmentalist say the government must move away from carbon fuels and focus on clean energy.

"Even if the oil arrives safely at its destination, the carbon emissions that would result from its use would contribute to a climate disaster,'' said George Hoberg, a professor at the UBC faculty of forestry.''

Rick Zaleski, of Chilliwack, B.C., said the entire province would be impacted by the pipeline.

''I’ve worked hard to build a life for my family in this beautiful province,'' said the father of two sons. "Pipelines affect us all, no matter where we live.”

Enbridge estimates the pipeline would generate $81 billion in revenues for the federal and provincial governments.

A three-member environmental review panel studying the project has until the end of the year to complete a report.

 

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