Canadian natives warn against pipeline to Pacific – Reuters

by NationTalk on January 11, 2012700 Views

Canadian natives warn against pipeline to Pacific

By Jeffrey Jones
KITIMAAT VILLAGE, British Columbia | Tue Jan 10, 2012

(Reuters) – Aboriginal leaders opposed to a C$5.5 billion ($5.4 billion) oil sands pipeline backed by Canada’s government warned on Tuesday that the project could devastate fishing and traditional life on the rugged Pacific Coast and called for it to be stopped.

As hearings into Enbridge Inc’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline opened with drumming and native singing, hereditary chiefs and elders of the Haisla First Nation told the regulatory panel their greatest fear was the potential impact of oil spills on their community of 1,500.

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