Ecology Ottawa says opposition to pipeline growing

Ecology Ottawa will host an open house in Westboro Thursday night to provide information on the controversial Energy East pipeline.

If approved, the pipeline would run over a delicate aquifer in Stittsville that provides water to people who get their water from private wells.

Ben Powless, pipeline community organizer at Ecology Ottawa, says in the past year they've seen opposition to the pipeline grow tremendously.

The provincial government's now involved and doing their own review.

"They came here in April and we have about 200 people come and tell them that, you know, they thought this pipeline was a bad idea for a whole variety of reasons," Powless says.

He says the federal government's quieter approach to approving the Northern Gateway pipeline last month is a sign of the rampant opposition.

"They didn't do any sort of formal press conference. (The Prime Minister) didn't even use the word 'The Harper Government.' "

He says that provides some hope for those people who want to see the pipeline project scrapped.

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