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Photos: Kitimat residents vote on whether they want Northern Gateway

Kitimat residents are in the process of voting in a plebiscite to gauge support for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project, but even some who have cast ballots wonder if there is much point.

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Kitimat residents are in the process of voting in a plebiscite to gauge support for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project, but even some who have cast ballots wonder if there is much point. Kitimat would be the end of the line for the bitumen pipeline and the port where tankers would leave for Asia. A joint federal review panel on the project gave approval – but with conditions – in a report last December.

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Norman DeLong, right, noted the vote is non-binding, so it is possible that the municipality spent about $15,000 “for very little outcome.” Advanced polls ended Wednesday and the general vote will be held Saturday. Still, Mr. DeLong voted because he thought the question is important. “I voted yes; I support the project,” he said. “I believe we have a far better chance of controlling oil shipped by pipeline than we can if it is shipped by rail.” Canada needs to get its resources to new markets, he added. “It’s got to move somehow.”

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