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Gateway hearing cancelled after protesters greet panel

Hearings on the Enbridge pipeline planned for Bella Bella Monday, have been cancelled.

Today was to be the start of a week of hearings about Enbridge's plan to move oil by pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast.

The sudden move came late Sunday night after panel members were greeted by protesters at the local airport earlier that day.

The panel members said they have security concerns and felt threatened by the reception, but RCMP say they saw no illegal or threatening activity.

On the contrary, officers say it was a peaceful demontration, attended by families and children.

Heiltsuk First Nation chief Marilynn Slett, spoke at a community feast last night, just after she had learned the hearings had been cancelled, and Daybreak host Chris Walker also spoke with Bella Bella Community School principal Fred Schuab.

A group of students at that school have begun a hunger strike, in protest of the Enbridge project.
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