March 28, 2014 - 1:44 PM
KITIMAT, B.C. - A battle over the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline has reached the doorsteps of residents in Kitimat, B.C.
A plebiscite to gauge community support for the $6-billion dollar project will be held in the Central Coast municipality on April 12, following two days of advance voting, April 2 and 9.
Supporters and opponents are working hard to get their message out, with both sides using multi-media campaigns, in addition to door-to-door canvassing.
Enbridge (TSX:ENB) spokesperson Ivan Giesbrecht says company representatives are taking the opportunity to answer questions posed directly by Kitimat residents.
Murray Minchin, with pipeline opponent Douglas Channel Watch, says that group's canvassers are being told voters want the project sent back for another look, in hopes of resolving some of the 209 concerns raised by a federal review panel.
The District of Kitimat is a key hub for the Northern Gateway project, with bitumen from Alberta loaded at Kitimat ports for shipment overseas, but council has remained neutral while awaiting results of next month's non-binding referendum.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014