The Vancouver Sun reports in its Wednesday edition that five protesters have been charged with trespassing after crashing Tuesday's public hearings on Enbridge's Northern Gateway project at its Vancouver venue.
The Sun's Mike Hager writes the five were taking aim at what they say is a flawed review process that excludes the public and any mention of the proposed pipeline's contribution to climate change, according to Sean Devlin -- one of those charged.
Vancouver police spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said three men and two women were taken to a city jail, charged and released after they entered a conference room at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel at 11 a.m., where the joint review panel was sitting.
They refused to leave when asked to "because they were blowing whistles and causing a disturbance."
Police believe a sixth person may have opened the door for the demonstrators, but that person has not been arrested.
The panel is hearing from about 330 people who registered to speak at the hotel. The panel is linked by video to the Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour, where 250 seats are available.
The protesters alleged the feds will approve the pipeline project despite any panel recommendations.