A $135,000 public opinion research contract by the Canadian Department of Finance revealed “little enthusiasm” for the Northern Gateway pipeline, the CBC reported July 20. “There is little enthusiasm for the project, even among supporters,” according to a report prepared by the Privy Council Office in January, a month ahead of the most recent federal budget. “Detractors worry about the environmental consequences in the event of a spill, particularly as a result of a tanker accident off the British Columbia coast.” The Energy Mix reported June 6 on a Nanos Research report showing that only 29% of B.C. residents wanted Northern Gateway approved, while two-thirds wanted the project scrapped or delayed.
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