01/15/2013 02:12 EST | Updated 01/16/2013 01:09 EST

Vancouver Enbridge Pipeline Hearings Interrupted By Protesters


Several protesters interrupted hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver on Tuesday morning.

Five demonstrators stood at the front of the hotel conference room and refused to move, according to CBC reporter Kirk Williams. Others blew whistles as the review was halted.

Vancouver police removed the protesters in handcuffs.

A federal regulatory review panel has been holding public hearings into the Enbridge proposal which would see a pipeline built from the Alberta oilsands to the port of Kitimat, B.C.

On Monday evening, hundreds of people opposed to the project marched to the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in downtown Vancouver where the hearings are being held. They chanted "No Pipelines" before dispersing peacefully.

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