VICTORIA - Critics of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline are hoping for a big turnout today at a protest on the grounds of the B.C. legislature in Victoria.
The sit-in was organized by a coalition of groups that want to send a clear message to the provincial and federal governments about the plan to pipe crude from the Alberta oil sands to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C..
Peter McHugh, spokesman for Defend Our Coast, says opponents of the plan by Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) will keep speaking out until the pipeline is rejected. Critics call it an environmental catastrophe in the making.
The group is hoping at least a thousand people will join in the today's protest, which is supported by unions such as the CAW and the B.C. Teacher's Federation, as well as celebrities including actor Ellen Page and singer Dan Mangan.
Enbridge defends the $6-billion pipeline project, arguing it will generate $81 billion in revenues for federal and provincial governments over 30 years.