05/31/2013 03:55 EDT

Northern Gateway's B.C. Rejection: Twitter Reacts to Government Response (TWEETS)

FILE - In this 2007 file photo, a new oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North Slope. The oil pipeline that stretches 800 miles across the Alaska landscape is celebrating a milestone. The trans-Alaska oil pipeline on Wednesday marked 35 years in production with more than 16.5 billion barrels of oil loaded into the pipeline at Prudhoe Bay for delivery to Valdez, where it is loaded intotankers destined for the West Coast. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

News that the B.C. government had officially stated its opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, lit up Twitter Friday.

In a press release, Environment Minister Terry Lake stated:

Northern Gateway has said that they would provide effective spill response in all cases. However, they have presented little evidence as to how they will respond. For that reason, our government cannot support the issuance of a certificate for the pipeline as it was presented to the Joint Review Panel.

Twitter reacted with a mixture of jubilation from environmentalists, cynicism from those who think Christy Clark is just looking to leverage more cash from the deal for B.C., and anger from Albertans dismayed that their oil sands cash cow may be under threat.

See Twitter reaction to the news in the gallery below:

Twitter Reacts To B.C.'s Northern Gateway Stance