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Pipeline popularity tanks: B.C. poll

Support for Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion continues to drop among British Columbians.

The proposed tanker route leaving from Kitimat, the  terminus of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is show on a map Thursday, Sept, 19, 2013.

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The proposed tanker route leaving from Kitimat, the terminus of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is show on a map Thursday, Sept, 19, 2013.

Support for major pipeline projects in British Columbia continues to fall, according to a new poll

Insights West released their latest survey on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline projects and found support for both has dropped six points since July 2015.

The level of animosity towards the project by those opposed remains about the same, but Insights West vice president Mario Canseco said confidence among supporters seem to be dwindling.

“What we see is the level of people who are undecided is up and it’s all coming from people who were once supporters,” said Canseco.

The biggest factors, he believes, is the more environmentally-friendly tone of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new federal government and the continued financial hardship of the oil industry in Alberta.

“More people are saying ‘I don’t know if this should go through,’” Canseco said.

Opposition to Northern Gateway has remained basically the same (51 per cent, compared to 52 last year) but support dropped to 35 per cent from 41.

The percentage of people who were not sure if they support the project is at 14 per cent, up from eight per cent in July.

The numbers look similar when it comes to the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.

Opposition barely changed (45 per cent from 46) while support fell to 36 per cent from 42.

Nineteen per cent are not sure if they support Kinder Morgan’s project, up seven points from 12 per cent.