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Will A Northern Pipeline Put The BC Coast At Risk?

Immediately following the March 15 screening of the surfing documentary Groundswell, a panel of University of Victoria geography and environmental studies scholars and a leader from the Heiltsuk Nation will discuss the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline and tanker project. They will provide interdisciplinary insight into what has motivated the groundswell of opposition from a wide spectrum of British Columbians.

Groundswell documents not only a surfing adventure, but also a movement of growing and powerful opposition,” says Dr. Chris Darimont, UVic assistant geography professor and Hakai-Raincoast Conservation Scholar. “It beautifully and profoundly captures the spirit of this unspoiled coast and the passion of the Heiltsuk First Nation people who are committed to protecting their lands and oceans. A feast for the senses and mind.”

The 25-minute film produced by Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Patagonia and Woodshed Films combines an exciting adventure-sport documentary with an in-depth dialogue of issues around the Enbridge proposal. The UVic event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in room B105 of UVic’s Harry Hickman building.

View film trailer: http://www.raincoast.org/groundswell/groundswell-trailer/.

This panel is part of UVic's Ideafest 2013, which wraps up the festival on Friday.

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Dr. Chris Darimont (Dept. of Geography) at 250-853-3287, on cell 250-589-7873 or darimont@uvic.ca
Anne MacLaurin (Communications, Social Sciences) on cell at 250-217-4259 or sosccomm@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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