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Anti-pipeline protesters block construction at Kinder Morgan terminal

Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 at 8:44 am PST

Protesters block traffic to a Kinder Morgan work site in Burnaby on Dec. 14, 2017. (Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Group of protesters calling itself the "Justin Trudeau Brigade" plans to block access to Kinder Morgan's work site

Group claims pipeline expansion threatens marine habitats, poses life-threatening and safety risks to people

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – There was another attempt to slow down construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this morning.

A small group of protesters calling itself the “Justin Trudeau Brigade” blocked traffic to a Kinder Morgan work site in Burnaby for a couple of hours.

Quoting the prime minister’s line that “governments grant permits; only communities grant permission,” the group blocked access to Kinder Morgan’s work site at the company’s Westridge Marine Terminal.

The group claims the pipeline expansion threatens marine habitats and poses life-threatening and safety risks to people.

A large truck tried to get through to the terminal; the driver tried honking to scatter the activists.

“On a large scale… the whole world needs to cut back on using petro chemicals. This is just pulling it out of the ground — it’s very dirty stuff — and making it easier to burn it, put it into the atmosphere,” says David Mivasair with the group.

The protesters claim they have successfully prevented work from going ahead twice in recent weeks — and promise to do this again and again.

Last week, the National Energy Board cleared the path for Kinder Morgan to start building in Burnaby, ruling that the company does not have to comply with two of that city’s by-laws, which were preventing the $7.4-billion project from going ahead.