VANCOUVER – A large crowd gathered in downtown Vancouver Tuesday night in protest over the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.
The federal government accepted the independent panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on Northern Gateway proposal and those opposed to the project immediately organized a rally.
The demonstration closed West Georgia at Hamilton Street for about an hour and our Global News cameraman said some demonstrators were blocking cars as well. Traffic and transit in the area is being re-routed while the demonstration is going on.
The protesters also blocked the Cambie Street Bridge as they crossed it, although it was a smaller crowd by that time.
Many people carried signs, chanting ‘No pipelines!’, ‘No tankers!’ and ‘Defend our coast!’
The 1,177-kilometre, $6.5 billion Northern Gateway project would transport 525,000 barrels per day of oil products from outside Edmonton to Kitimat on the northern B.C. coast.
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