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Sun Apr 19 21:08:17 SAST 2015

Controversy hits Asia pipeline

Sapa-AP | 11 January, 2012 08:34
Leaders of the Haisla Nation pose for photographs at Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway pipeline Joint Review hearing in Kitamaat Village
Leaders of the Haisla Nation (L-R), Ken Hall, Marilyn Furlan, Rod Bolton, Sam Robinson, Clifton Smith, Jerlie Nelson and Chief Counsellor Ellis Ross pose for supporters' photographs at the conclusion of the first day of Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway pipeline Joint Review hearing in Kitamaat Village, British Columbia.
Image by: STRINGER/CANADA / REUTERS

The chief of an aboriginal community that stands to be most affected by a proposed pipeline to Canada’s Pacific coast is questioning whether Canada’s Conservative government already plans to approve the pipeline just as the review gets under way.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ratcheted up support for Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would allow Canadian oil to be shipped to Asia.

An environmental review of the project began Tuesday. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver released a letter on the eve of the review attacking opponents, saying “environmental and other radical  groups” are trying to block it no matter the benefit to Canada.

Haisla First Nation Chief Ellis Ross says the government is discrediting the review process.

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