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Activists in Vancouver Have Been Throwing Down to Protect Burnaby Mountain from Tar Sands!

A timeline of the anti-Kinder Morgan grassroots resistance

by Earth First Newswire

Activists in Vancouver Have Been Throwing Down to Protect Burnaby Mountain from Tar Sands!

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Activists in Vancouver Have Been Throwing Down to Protect Burnaby Mountain from Tar Sands!

   

Since August of this year, a group of robust beings has been actively resisting Kinder Morgan's plans to drill, deforest and construct in the Burnaby Mountains conservation area in preparation for a set of tar sands pipelines.
Although a mere facet of the company's plan to expand the tar sands operation and extend their already 714 mile pipeline that shadows Strathcona County, Alberta and Burnaby, the continual desecration of Vancouver's mountainous landscape is necessary to complete a twinned pipeline that would increase the nominal capacity of the network of tar sands pipelines from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.
 
The Burnaby community, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and other First Nation BC groups, and the City of Burnaby itself have garnered support through treesits, blockades, protests, and legislative rebuttals, and, as of November 28, have successfully evicted survey and drilling equipment from the site.
 
The peaceful resistance has erupted into several arrests, including that of children and elders, and shall continue as the caretakers organize against Kinder Morgan, the National Energy Board (NEB), and the BC judicial system--whose attempt to strip the land and the voices of its protectors has not ceased.
 
To find out more about the struggle against Kinder Morgan, check out this chronology of actions in defense of the Burnaby Mountains:

 

Sept 3—Protesters Lock Down on Kinder Morgan Facility
Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories reports that protesters have used bicycle locks to lock themselves to a Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby, in unceded Coast Salish Territories in so-called British Columbia.
 
Kinder Morgan has begun surveying and cutting trees in conservation and parkland on Burnaby Mountain, unceded Coast Salish Territories. The giant US oil pipeline company plans to clear parkland in preparation for boring a tunnel through the Northridge of Burnaby Mountain contrary to city bylaws. 

 

Oct 10Kinder Morgan Surveyor Office Blocked by 'Pipeline'
Activists installed a “pipeline” early this moring in front of the downtown offices of McElhanney mapping. The adhoc group says the company was tageted for its part in surveying for the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plan on Burnaby Mountain.
 
The group erected a pvc pipeline, complete with dripping ‘bitumen’ and notices to “Get off Burnaby Mountain.”

 

Nov 2Kinder Morgan Slaps Residents of Burnaby with Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit
Texas-based Kinder Morgan has hit several Burnaby residents and two SFU professors, who have spoken out against the company’s pipeline test work on Burnaby Mountain, with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit according to the defendants’ lawyer.
 
SFU professor Stephen Collis received the 1000-page stack of legal papers at his university office, just before he went out to teach his literature class late Thursday.

 

Nov 4Contractor Caught Trying to Run Over a Kinder Morgan Protester on Burnaby Mountain
In a shocking display of cruelty and disregard for life, a video released yesterday exposes a contractor running into a protestor with his pickup truck, and apparently attempting to run over the protestor completely.
 
The video reveals a protestor getting in front of a stopped pickup truck in order to take down the license plate. The truck then clearly speeds up, hitting the protestor in the stomach and almost knocking him down. Rather than slow down or stop after the first hit, the truck speeds up faster in an apparent attempt to run over the protestor.

 

Nov 4Burnaby Mountan: Latest Wall of Opposition Against Tar Sands
An injunction and a $5.6-million civil suit in damages is what corporate energy giant Kinder Morgan is seeking against blockaders at a court hearing this week.
 
Since August of this year, a determined group of Burnaby residents have been stopping Kinder Morgan work crews at a designated conservation area within Burnaby Mountain. SFU professor and defendant Stephen Collis explains, “Many of us are increasingly concerned about climate change, issues relating to Aboriginal title, and the erosion of our democratic rights.”

 

Nov 20Treesitter in Tense Standoff as RCMP Storms Burnaby Mountain Camp
 
Sirens are blaring on Burnaby Mountain this morning as the Canadian RCMP storm the blockade against the TransMountain pipeline.
 
According to the Burnaby Moutnain Updates Facebook page:
 
9 am update from Burnaby Mountain. Four arrests confirmed including two caretakers who have been holding down for months Kaleb and Erin, six additional people are holding in the campsite and refusing to leave. There is a public rally—which is completely safe—on the other side of the police line, 30-40 people are here already, everyone please come to the hill. Police have blocked road to traffic so you need to walk in and you will be informed to stay within ‘protest area’.

 

Nov 21—Support Burnaby Mountain Defenders, Blockade Continues After Day Two of Arrests
 
After a dramatic police attack on Burnaby Mountain during which twenty four people were arrested, protestors stood strong throughout the day today, blocking trucks from entering the Kinder Morgan site. Organizers are calling for more people to come and get involved.
Eight more people were arrested today while blocking trucks sent by Kinder Morgan to begin work on the TransMountain Pipeline, which threatens to triple the amount of oil sent from the most environmentally destructive project on earth, the Alberta Tar Sands, to the Pacific Coast.

 

Nov 27—Burnaby Mountain Caretakers Lock Down to Supreme Court in Vancouver
Early this morning four Burnaby Mountain Caretakers have locked themselves to the Supreme Court entrance in Vancouver. The action was taken to draw attention to the role of the courts in ongoing colonial occupation of Indigenous territory on Burnaby Mountain and across the country.
“This court represents colonial law, and it’s the only reason a Texas-based oil company is allowed to drill hundreds of metres into Burnaby Mountain against the wishes of the local First Nations and the municipality. It’s because of this court that RCMP is paid to defend corporate profit at the expense of the community it should be protecting.” Marija Brezev, Burnaby Caretaker
 

 

Nov 28—Kinder Morgan Stops Drilling, Begins Removing Equipment from Burnaby Mountain
Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
 
An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites for its proposed oil pipeline was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. It means the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1., the date when the injunction is set to expire.
 
 

 

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Comments

We already harmed nature so

We already harmed nature so much that every year we suffered from different types of calamities. Temperature of the atmosphere is increasing slowly- slowly. Instead of planting tress we are cutting them very fastly. The activists are protesting for the right cause. Dig pipeline somewhere else, leave these natural habitats if we want that our children's can also live their life as we are living. Otherwise our children's will see these things as a extincted species.

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