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Justason Market Intelligence: B.C. Residents Opposed to Enbridge's Proposal to Transport Crude Oil Through Inside Coastal Waters

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/12 -- Most British Columbians are opposed to the Enbridge proposal to transport crude oil through B.C.'s inside coastal waters.

A majority (78%) of B.C. residents is aware of the Enbridge proposal to transport crude oil from Alberta through B.C.'s inside coastal waters to refineries in Asia. According to a recent poll by Justason Market Intelligence, two-thirds (66%) of B.C. residents oppose this plan, including one-half (50%) who strongly oppose. One in five (22%) supports this proposal; 11% strongly support.

In Northwest B.C., nearly all residents are aware of the Enbridge proposal (94%). Seven in ten (69%) Northwestern B.C. residents oppose this plan, including a majority (64%) who strongly oppose. One-quarter (23%) support this proposal; 16% strongly support.

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Protection of the Great Bear Rainforest

A strong majority of B.C. residents agree that protecting the Great Bear Rainforest is like protecting the Amazon or the Great Barrier Reef. In total, 82% agree. Six in ten (60%) B.C. residents strongly agree.

Research Notes

These are the findings of a Justason Market Intelligence telephone-online hybrid poll of 611 adult British Columbians. The research relied on a random telephone sample and Justason's online panel. Data in this non-probability sample were weighted to match the regional distributions and demographic characteristics (age and sex) of British Columbia according to the most recent census.

--  Dates of research: Feb 24 to Mar 7, 2012 
--  Sample: 611 B.C. adults 18 years and older
--  Methodology: Telephone-online hybrid
--  Margin of error: An unweighted probability sample of 611 reports a
    margin of error of +/-4.0 percentage points, 95% of the time
--  Research Sponsor: Dogwood Initiative, Forest Ethics, Living Oceans
    Society and West Coast Environmental Law 

The Questions:

1.  One of the world's largest oil transport companies, Enbridge, has asked
    Ottawa to approve a plan to allow crude oil to be transported from
    Alberta's oil sands across British Columbia, where it would be loaded
    onto oil supertankers en route to refineries in Asia. This would bring
    crude oil supertankers to the coastal inlets of the Great Bear
    Rainforest for the first time. Have you heard of this plan?
2.  Up until now, crude oil supertankers have not entered B.C.'s inside
    coastal passage because of concerns about oil spills. Ottawa is now
    considering allowing crude oil supertankers to transport crude oil
    through these waters. Do you support or oppose allowing crude oil
    supertankers through B.C.'s inside coastal waters?
3.  The Great Bear Rainforest is located along B.C.'s north-central coast.
    Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Protecting the
    Great Bear Rainforest in Northern B.C. is like protecting the Amazon or
    the Great Barrier Reef?

Justason Market Intelligence
Barb Justason
604-783-4165 or 646-875-4949
[email protected]
www.JustasonMI.com or Twitter: barbjustason

Dogwood Initiative
Emma Gilchrist
Communications Director
250-370-9930 ext. 31 or Mobile: 250-661-7277
[email protected]

Forest Ethics
Nikki Skuce
Senior Energy Campaigner
250-877-7762 or Mobile: 778-210-0117
[email protected]

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