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BC First Nations Chief says “no” to Northern Gateway oil pipeline

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Marcella Bernardo

Days before the federal government is expected to announce a decision on the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, a prominent First Nations leader in BC is hoping it will get rejected.

“You don’t see those same interests investing in social issues or social programs.”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip –who heads up the Union of BC Indian Chiefs– says high-profile supporters who posted a full-page ad in favour of the pipeline are ignoring who suffers when –not if– something goes wrong.

“With respect to pipeline ruptures or tanker spills along the coast that would absolutely obliterate and represent a catastrophic damage to businesses and mainstream tourism, commercial fishing.”

A decision could be announced as early as Tuesday.

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