Rally protesting Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline set for Saturday
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First Nations leaders, politicians and environmentalists plan to rally outside Science World at 2 p.m. on Saturday to decry Northern Gateway one final time before the National Energy Board (NEB) releases its report on the proposed pipeline.
ForestEthics Advocacy tar sands campaign director Ben West said 80 per cent of British Columbians remain opposed to oil tanker traffic on the B.C. coast, and there is an "unbroken wall of opposition" among First Nations.
"Christy Clark and Stephen Harper have a choice to make as the NEB decision looms in the weeks ahead, " West said in a statement.
"Will they listen to the people of B.C. or not? Are they going to do this the easy way or the hard way, because we have not given consent for this pipeline and we won't let it be built. This could turn out to be our generation's Clayoquot Sound, but it's still not too late for them to do the right thing,"
The NEB is expected to deliver its final decision on the pipeline by the end of the year.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has the power to override that decision, and Premier Christy Clark announced an agreement with Alberta last week that B.C. will try to seek some economic benefit directly with the pipeline proponent, Enbridge.