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Hundreds protest pipeline in downtown Vancouver

Protesters gather in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 22, 2019. (Source: Protect the Inlet/Twitter)

Protesters said they are concerned with climate change, Indigenous rights, and the risk of an oil spill

The protest took place near Georgia and Hamilton Friday night

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A big group of protesters took over a section of the Vancouver downtown core Friday night near Georgia and Hamilton, after the National Energy Board once again approved the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The protesters said they’re not just concerned about climate change and Indigenous rights, but also with the risk of an oil spill in nearby waters, or a fire at the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm.

RELATED: NEB green-lights Trans Mountain pipeline project, again

Alison Bodine, with Climate Convergence, marched alongside protesters as they chanted: “Hey hey, Trudeau, your pipeline has got to go!”

“We’re here to demand that that does not happen,” she told NEWS 1130. “We stand here united against the Trudeau pipeline expansion, and demand ‘no’ to the pipeline.”

Holding inflatable orcas and signs, protesters were outraged over the National Energy Board’s decision.

Curtis Brown came from off of the Lower Mainland to participate.

“I like to show my support from my motherland, Haida Gwaii, the Haida nations,” he said. “We’ve been fighting since our ancestors and I’m willing to keep carrying that on.”

Hundreds of people joined that group as they demonstrated through the city.