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Support growing for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia

Support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Columbia is rising significantly, according to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute.
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Support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Columbia is rising significantly, according to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute.

In February, 48 per cent of B.C. residents surveyed supported the pipeline expansion and 40 per cent opposed, but now support has risen to 54 per cent while opposition dropped to 38 per cent.

 More British Columbians, and people across Canada, are supporting Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion. (File photo)More British Columbians, and people across Canada, are supporting Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. (File photo)

The majority of the B.C. residents surveyed (69 per cent) say a court ruling that the provincial government does not have the authority to block the pipeline would be enough for them to give in, but 52 per cent are anxious about risks of oil spills in the Burrard Inlet with increased tanker traffic

British Columbians are divided on overall risks and benefits of the pipeline: 35 per cent say environmental risks outweigh economic benefits and 35 per cent also say the opposite.

The proportion of Canadians who say the B.C. government is wrong to oppose the pipeline has risen by nine points to 64 per cent.

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