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The Douglas Channel at dusk in Kitimat, B.C., in January 2012.
The Douglas Channel at dusk in Kitimat, B.C., in January 2012.
(DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Environmentalists sue to force Ottawa to protect species along Northern Gateway route

One of the most powerful foes of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through northern British Columbia is not a lawyer or a conservation group or any of the many First Nations who have lined up against the project.

It’s a very large, very, very old fish.

The Nechako white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the federal Species At Risk Act, a designation which is supposed to legally protect the sturgeon’s habitat so the species can recover.