VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With anti-pipeline protesters taking to Burnaby Mountain on Saturday, those in favor of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project say they aren’t going away either.
Just more than a hundred pipeline supporters gathered in Vancouver last week in response to ongoing anti-pipeline demonstrations.
Stewart Muir with Resource Works says he was happy with the turnout on March 10th. “It was a loose coalition of people wanting to get together and have their voices heard. We talked, we shared some notes on it, the sense was it was a success. It was the first time the turnout exceeded expectations, although it wasn’t grandiose, necessarily. It certainly was a genuine expression.”
He says pipeline supporters are now working on the details for another meet-up. “The question being asked is ‘where and when?’ and ‘who’s going to take charge of it.’ Because it is new,” he says. “The protesters have been at this for years. They’ve got professional organizations and seemingly vast fundraising networks in place to pay for everything, but our little group is a tribe of people who realize that if we don’t do this and stand up for Canada now, the whole country is going to be led in a direction that I don’t know if we’re ready for.”
Muir believes the time is right to build the pipeline. “We’ve seen new polling come out this weekend that shows that everyone seems to have a little bit of an internal struggle. They’re asking themselves questions, ‘is this a beneficial project, can it be done safely, what about the climate?’ These are good internal dialogues to have, but what we wanted to say was lets bring that out into the open, let’s talk about it, let’s let the people who work in the industry maybe come forward and answer questions.”
He would also like to hear from those who would benefit most from the pipeline, and says it all makes up part of a “healthy dialogue.”
Several anti-pipeline protesters were arrested yesterday, a week after thousands of people demonstrated to speak out against the pipeline.
Trans Mountain has been granted an injunction which requires protesters to stay five metres away from Kinder Morgan’s facilities.