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BC Tory MP dismissing Northern Gateway criticism as "fear mongering"

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – As opponents attack the federal government for approving the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, a BC Conservative MP is dismissing the criticism as “fear mongering.”

Environmentalists and aboriginal groups say there’s a big ecological risk in building the pipeline and one oil spill would be a disaster. They’re enraged by the feds’ approval of the project, but Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks is dismissing the criticism.

“The fact of the matter is that a lot of time, we’re fear mongering on a lot of things that have never happened yet. Not once in British Columbia in 50 years has that happened,” he says.

Wilks says his constituents have been supportive of the project but other Conservative MPs admit they’ve been hearing from many people who are angry; those Tories don’t want to discuss the implications for the next election.

The opposition parties see opportunity and the NDP says it may be able to steal some seats in the 2015 vote.