Majority of B.C. residents say no to pipeline
March 12th, 2012 - 3:11pm
Results from a B.C. survey conducted by Mustel Group show that the majority of B.C. residents understand that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project will not create long-term employment.
61% of respondents to the Mustel poll believe that “most jobs are short-term and many long-term jobs will be lost because unrefined oil is being shipped to other countries for refining.”
This result contradicts an earlier Ipsos Reid poll conducted in December 2011. In that poll, respondents cited employment and economic reasons to be the main benefit.
“People get that the project will not create permanent jobs,” said MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley). “We certainly want jobs in my riding, but people are not going to settle for short-term cash instead of long-term value-added jobs.”
It its initial submission to the Joint Review Panel, Enbridge states that the project will offer less than 80 direct permanent jobs in B.C.
“Most have understood that this project poses major risks to the environment. These poll results show that British Columbians see that there would be economic losses as well.”
The poll also showed that the majority of B.C. residents are aware of the proposed pipeline project, and that opposition outweighs support for the project.
A total of 87% are familiar with the proposal and have read or heard something about it. 46% oppose the construction of a pipeline in contrast to 37% who support it. The remaining 17% are undecided or do not have an opinion.
“The results convey what I’ve already heard on the ground,” said Cullen, who commissioned the survey. “There is simply too much at risk to push the project through.”
These findings also contradict the earlier Ipsos Reid poll where only 42% of respondents were somewhat or very familiar with the project. It also showed that only 32% opposed the pipeline.
“It appears that at the same time knowledge of the project is growing, so is opposition,” said Cullen.
The Mustel survey was based on 500 interviews completed by telephone (landlines and cellular) January 25 to February 8, 2012 with a margin of error of +/-4.4% at the 95% level of confidence.
A delegation of First Nations’ Leaders is in Ottawa today to discuss the impacts of this proposed project on their northern communities in B.C.
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