Enbridge counsel Rick Neufeld is silhouetted against a map of the Northern Gateway pipeline, as he takes part in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel hearings in Edmonton, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012.
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An international delegation of women is touring Alberta's oilsands and the coast of British Columbia to get a female perspective on energy and pipeline development. Led by an American woman, Jody Williams, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ban landmines, the delegation is part of a non-profit which is partly funded by international foundations and speaks out for women's rights and environmental causes.
The delegation is vocally opposed to the projects and Williams says in a video on the group's website that the "delegation is going to go and look at what is happening in the possible expansion of the tar sands, in their communities, and the women's perspective as to why they don't want to see that happen."
The "Nobel Women's Initiative" includes two other Americans, one woman from Kenya and two Canadians including singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer.
Their tour began yesterday in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Today they head to Prince George, British Columbia, where the federal Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel hearings are underway. The group has not applied for late intervener status to be a part of the Joint Review Panel process.
Spokesperson Kim McKenzie informed Sun News Network that they will make stops in Burns Lake, Fort Fraser, Kitimat, Smithers and Terrace. They will then finish up on October 16 in Vancouver with a press conference to announce their recommendations.