A recently published opinion survey by Insight West on the views of British Columbians regarding the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline may give Canadians, and Atlantic Canadians specifically, reason to reflect on the prospects of greater energy development throughout Atlantic Canada.
Specifically, the BC survey found that opposition to Northern Gateway has decreased by 16 per cent and approval has increased by 7 per cent in a few months. These results do not mean that British Columbians have abandoned their environmental conscience, however. They continue to understand that there are risks to building pipelines and transporting bitumen through them. Eighty-five per cent cited concerns about spills and about environment impact.