48% support gateway pipeline - poll was paid for by Enbridge
bc-gateway-pipeline-poll: cbc Near half of British Columbians support plans for a pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to the West Coast port of Kitimat for shipping, a new poll by Ipsos suggests, but most also say they don't really know much about it. The poll of 1000 BC residents found 48 per cent supported the project, compared with 32 per cent who opposed it. Twenty per cent remained undecided. The poll was paid for by the Enbridge pipeline corporation and had a margin of error of 3.1 per cent. It asked the participants, "Based on what you know to date, would you say that you generally support or oppose the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project?" Support was even higher amongst northern BC residents, at 55 per cent. Men were also more likely to support the project, at 58 per cent overall, while only 38 per cent of women polled supported it. But when it came to their familiarity with the project, only 42 per cent of British Columbians said they were familiar with it, while 55 per cent said they were not. Fifty-one said the main benefit of the project would be employment and economic benefits, while 43 per cent cited general environmental concerns as their main concern. Public hearings begin The poll results were released just before the start of public hearings into the pipeline kickoff on Jan. 10 in Kitamaat Village. The Joint Review Panel hearings, which were set up by the federal Environment Ministry and the National Energy Board are expected to spend the next <b>...</b>
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