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Academics reject Northern Gateway pipeline 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Demonstrators carry signs in protest against the Northern Gateway pipeline project during a "no" to the Enbridge pipeline rally at English Bay in Vancouver on May 10. (REUTERS)

Demonstrators carry signs in protest against the Northern Gateway pipeline project during a "no" to the Enbridge pipeline rally at English Bay in Vancouver on May 10. (REUTERS)

“We urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject this report,” reads a letter signed by hundreds of experts — and sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — in opposition to an official assessment of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Undersigned by University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University professors and other scientists in Canada and abroad, the letter was sent to Ottawa on May 26 and calls upon the federal government to reject the Joint Review Panel’s favourable analysis of the pipeline project, which the letter called “flawed.”

Among other issues, the experts said the panel didn’t articulate the rationale for its findings, considered few risks, but many benefits, and relied on information from proponent Enbridge without third-party verification. 

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