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Northern Gateway opponents stage protest on eve of federal government’s decision

VANCOUVER, B.C. — With the federal government due to issue its decision on Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline proposal this week, critics are gathering their forces in preparation.


VANCOUVER, B.C. — With the federal government due to issue its decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal this week, critics are gathering their forces in preparation.

A coalition of First Nations and social groups has called a news conference for this morning in Vancouver to make a joint announcement on the multi-billion dollar project that would carry Alberta bitumen across B-C to Kitimat for shipment overseas.

Meanwhile, the women of the Gitga’at First Nation at Hartley Bay, on the central coast, are planning a symbolic blockade of tankers that will use Douglas Channel to carry the bitumen to offshore customers.

The women say they will stretch a crocheted “chain of hope” more than three-and-a-half kilometres across the mouth of the bay on June 20th to show their opposition to oil tankers and oil spills in B-C’s often treacherous coastal waters.

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