Thousands to Speak on Proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline

The Canadian Press
The Globe and Mail
October 18, 2011


More than 4,000 people have registered to speak at hearings into a proposed pipeline that would ship crude from Alberta's oilsands to fill supertankers on the B.C. coast.

Opponents of the $5.5-billion Enbridge Inc. (ENB-T34.910.561.63%) Northern Gateway pipeline hope the surge of public interest will pressure Ottawa not to approve the project.

Enbridge and project supporters say the pipeline would provide access to new markets in Asia and the U.S. for the oilsands and create thousands of jobs.

But thousands of individuals, environmental groups, tourism operators and more than 60 First Nations oppose the project over fear of pipeline and oil tanker spills.

A federal review panel will begin listening to the oral statements in January at hearings in communities along the proposed pipeline route.

The panel is to make a recommendation to the federal cabinet by the end of next year.

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