An employee works on a gas pipe at a construction site of the Gazelle high-pressure natural gas pipeline near the town of Plzen, Czech Republic on June 7, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/David W Cerny
Most British Columbians are sitting on the Northern Gateway pipeline fence.
An Angus Reid poll released Wednesday found 35% of B.C. residents are strongly opposed to the proposed $5.5 billion pipeline project. But a majority of respondents are still waiting for the environmental assessment on the project to be completed.
"It does show we have half of B.C. residents who are sort of on the fence. They are supportive of the idea, but could change their mind if the environmental guidelines are not there," said Angus Reid pollster Mario Canseco on Wednesday.
"Those who oppose it are saying, if you can guarantee nothing nasty will happen I may be supportive."
More than 50% of the 804 people polled across the province said their opinions on the project may change.
Canseco added a majority of the people on the fence have historically voted for the B.C. Liberals, while those strongly opposed have voted NDP.