A pipeline to bring oil from Alberta’s tar sands to B.C.’s North Coast is a threat to the environment, Greenpeace’s B.C. director said at a rally in Vancouver yesterday.

“We need the federal government to stand up for our best interest,” said Stephanie Goodwin, as she also called for a ban on oil tankers off B.C.’s coast.

About 100 people marched through downtown in pounding rain to protest the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, a proposed multi-billion dollar twin pipeline from Edmonton to Kitimat.

In addition to the risk of a burst pipeline or tanker accident, Goodwin said the proposed pipeline is opposed by First Nations. Its path would cross thousands of streams, many of them salmon-bearing and could lead to the fragmentation of animal habitat.

Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh and New Democrat MPs Fin Donnelly and Don Davies echoed Goodwin’s call for a legislated ban on oil tankers.