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NEWS RELEASE · 17th July 2012
BC NDP
New Target of 35,000 Set

More than 25,000 British Columbians have added their name to a New Democrat letter to the Joint Review Panel opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

“The growing number of British Columbians joining with us shows people agree BC would take all of the risks, but reap none of the rewards of the Enbridge pipeline,” said Adrian Dix, Leader of the BC NDP. “It's clear opposition is mounting, so we're setting a new target of 35,000 signatures in the coming weeks."

In a detailed letter sent to the Joint Review Panel, Dix and his 35 MLA colleagues outlined their reasons for opposing the pipeline project. Since sending the letter, the BC NDP has asked members of the public to add their names in support.

“Allowing this project would mean ending the tanker ban on our north coast and putting at risk 800 rivers and streams,” said Dix. “A recent report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Enbridge's 2010 spill into the Kalamazoo River clearly demonstrates the risks are real and potentially catastrophic, not simply theoretical.

"We need to continue to send a clear message to Premier Clark and the Liberals that British Columbians are firmly opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline."

British Columbians can read and sign the letter at www.bcndp.ca/enbridge.