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Police patrol Gateway hearings

VICTORIA - Uniformed police officers are stationed at the Victoria hotel where oral presentations on the Northern Gateway pipeline started today.

Plainclothes security officials are also in the meeting room where the chairwoman of the environmental review of the pipeline, Sheila Leggett, says she wants respectful and orderly hearings.

Members of the public who want to observe the hearings must gather at a second hotel, located about three kilometres away, to view them remotely, angering environmentalists

Two police officers are also at that hotel.

Hearings have been underway in British Columbia and Alberta for the past year on the proposed $6 billion Enbridge plan to pipe Alberta oilsands bitumen to northwest B.C. for shipping on tankers to Asia.

Victoria-area resident Bill Eisenhauer told the review panel he rejects the Enbridge plan, saying the Alberta-based oil company has a poor environmental record.

Eisenhauer says British Columbians want to catch wild sockeye salmon off their coast, not oil-soaked seals.

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