Oil-pipeline hearings greeted by thousands of protesters in Vancouver


VANCOUVER – A couple thousand people showed up on a rare, snowy Vancouver day to protest two proposed pipeline projects in British Columbia.

Eddie Gardiner of the Sto:lo Nation urged protesters to continue to fight the proposed Northern Gateway and TransMountain pipeline projects.

The Idle No More campaign merged with ongoing protests over the Northern Gateway Pipeline, with First Nations coming from as far as Haisla on the North Coast for the start of community hearings on the Northern Gateway project.

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would transport oil from the Edmonton area to a tanker port in Kitimat, on the province’s north coast.

The proposed $4.3-billion expansion of the TransMountain pipeline would also more than double the capacity of the 1,100-kilometre line that runs from just outside Edmonton to Burnaby.

Eight days of community hearings have been scheduled in Vancouver in the coming weeks, and one day of statements is scheduled in Kelowna later this month.


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