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When Peter Watson looks back on his first visit to the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, he’s not going to remember the pulled chicken sandwich lunch special.

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When Peter Watson looks back on his first visit to the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, he’s not going to remember the pulled chicken sandwich lunch special.

The chair of the National Energy Board, Canada’s energy and safety regulator, came face-to-face with about 10 vocal activists during a morning session with the Free Press’s editorial board during a discussion of TransCanada’s plan to build the proposed Energy East pipeline.

They held up signs saying, ‘Our risk, their reward” and repeatedly heckled him while he was speaking.

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press The Winnipeg Free Press editorial board interviews NEB Chair Peter Watson (left), at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café Thursday.

He was peppered with questions, many of which concerned the apparent lack of consultation with First Nations and the potential for poisoning Winnipeg’s water supply if the pipeline were to experience any kind of leak.

Watson, who admitted the attention he’s receiving these days is like being “in the eye of the storm” said the NEB process is in the initial stages and he was in no position to comment on whether it would approve the pipeline.

He admitted the NEB has said “no” to pipeline requests in the past.

“Admittedly, it has not been a large number. There have only been a few instances in the history of the board,” he said.

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press An environmental group protests at the Winnipeg Free Press editorial board interview with NEB Chair Peter Watson at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café.
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Updated on Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:23 AM CDT: Updates

Updated on Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:57 AM CDT: Replaces image, adds photo

Updated on Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:23 PM CDT: Updated with details of visit

Updated on Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:49 PM CDT: Adds edited video

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