Enbridge panel popular with speakers

  • Oct. 28, 2011 4:00 p.m.

At least 4,000 people in total have now signed up to speak at Joint Review Panel hearings about the proposed Enbridge pipeline. Spokesperson for the panel, Annie Roy says they are still processing all of the requests that came in by mail, internet and other means, but that is her latest ball park figure. Once the processing is done, the panel will look at everything and decide on their schedule and locations, she said. She could not say whether Haida Gwaii had a chance of being part of the hearings or not. Nor did she know how many oral presentation requests from a certain area would ensure that a hearing is held there. She did say that the panel is committed to hearing each person and has allotted a maximum of 10 minutes for each to speak. “They wanted to hear from the public,” she said. Organizers on the islands estimated that at least 200 islanders registered to speak against Enbridge, although they have no way of knowing if the numbers are higher until all the data has been entered on the JRP website. The Joint Review Panel will recommend a final opinion on the Northern Gateway Project, a twin pipeline spanning 1200 km across from the oil sands to coastal BC, to federal cabinet.