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Smithers anti-pipeline rally draws a crowd

An impromptu anti-Enbridge rally in Smithers drew about 100 locals to Bovill Square.

Yesterday’s rally came just hours after the federal approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline and attracted the Wet’suwet’en, the Friends of Morice-Bulkley and the Smithers mayor.

Forest Ethics Advocacy’s Nikki Skuce spoke about the need to support the provincial government in their implementation of five conditions for the project and the ongoing fight by First Nations.

“We will be there in solidarity with First Nations and think of creative ways in our own communities to help fund raise for some of these legal challenges which are going to be costly and are going to take years. But we will stop this project in the courts and we will stop it on the lands and in the ballot box.”

Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach thanked local residents for working to protect the ecosystems of the area while Namoks and Friends of Morice-Bulkley’s, Dan Mesec said the decision will backfire for the Conservatives in the coming election.

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