When Julie Howe heard that the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would cross 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams, she knew she had to do something to stop it. Her opportunity came last week, when she spoke at the public hearings in Victoria before the National Energy Board. “For me, it was so satisfying to sit there and feel like I was treated like an equal and that I had a voice,” says Howe, who earned her BSc in Environmental Science last year and is now an assistant lab instructor at Royal Roads. Howe had 10 minutes to speak at the hearing and focused on the science surrounding the matter. She spoke about the inability of large crude tankers to navigate the proposed path, the risk of earthquakes and the possibility of equipment failures, all of which could lead to oil spills.