Terrace Chamber now officially supports Enbridge project

That's after a small majority of survey respondents said they are in favour of the proposed crude oil pipeline project

  • Mar. 29, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The board of the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce says it now officially supports Enbridge’s planned Northern Gateway pipeline project.

That’s after a small majority of chamber members who filled out an online survey about the pipeline project – 51.3 per cent – say they are in support.

“The board is the voice of the members and we represent the members,” said chamber president Janice Shaben.

Of those who took part in the survey, 62.1 per cent feel the pipeline will benefit their business.

The results come from a March 5 to March 19 online survey in which chamber members were asked 11 questions surrounding the Northern Gateway project.

Of the nearly 290 members of the chamber, approximately one in seven – or approximately 40 members –  filled out the survey, a chamber press release indicated March 27.

The original plan was to only release the survey results if more than 50 per cent of chamber members responded.

But that changed after the chamber board was told the number of members who replied fulfilled a statistical requirement for a representative sample, she said.

“We were told that the statistical sample was good.”

From that, the board has now adopted the position that it supports the Northern Gateway project, she said.

Shaben did add that the Northern Gateway project remains a challenging topic.

“It’s such an emotional issue for so many people,” she said.