14 July, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (North Vancouver, BC): The water surrounding Kinder Morgan’s marine tanker terminal echoed with songs and prayers today, as First Nations canoe families, water protectors, and supporters joined together in ceremony.
Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe, followed by a canoe from a visiting Nation, kayaks, supporting watercraft, and the captain and crew from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise.
“As a Tsleil Waututh youth, I have learned from my peoples the importance of the water – the way it sustains us and nurtures every aspect of our lives,” said Oceann Hyland, a 21-year old leader in her community. “I am a granddaughter of the Inlet. I am a granddaughter of the River.”
“Today we gather at Whey-a-wichen, one of Tsleil Waututh’s old village sites. We gather together in ceremony and gratitude for what the earth has given us and to reciprocate by coming together to protect what is sacred, to protect our culture, lands, waters and all living beings,” continued Hyland.
Today’s ceremony is expected to renew strength and lay a foundation for the months ahead, as water protectors and land defenders prepare to escalate their opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
“This water ceremony is about honouring our relationship to the water which has sustained our communities for thousands of years,”said Protect the Inlet organizer Roxanne Charles. “It seems like the importance of our waters, our whales, our forests, our eagles, our salmon, and our people are not as important to the government of Canada as costs to corporate profit. There seems to be no understanding of the cost that this destruction causes to our well-being as Indigenous peoples, or the impact it has on our children and future generations.”
The flotilla gathered outside the floating 10-foot razor-wire fence, which Kinder Morgan erected outside their Westridge Marine Terminal construction site in November. The proposal to triple the berths at Westridge and increase oil tanker tanker traffic sevenfold through Slilwat (Burrard Inlet) and the Salish Sea has met with fierce local opposition.
“I am grateful for our teachings from our Old Ones, and it is the work of our ancestors protecting these lands and waters that allows us to be here in the power of ceremony,” Will George, Leader and Spokesperson of Kwekwecnewtxw, Coast Salish Watch House. George was arrested last week for blocking tar sands tanker traffic through his Nation’s unceded waters, while suspended from the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.
More than 100 paddlers joined the ceremony on the water, while others lent support from shore. There were 4 Coast Salish canoes from Tsleil-Waututh and Semiahmoo. The captain and crew from the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, joined at invitation from the community, as part of a tour of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tanker route in the Salish Sea. The ship will be in port in Vancouver until Tuesday.
Around 220 people have been arrested since March for demonstrating against the tar sands project. Last week, 12 people — including Watch House Guardian Will George — were arrested for blocking tanker traffic from Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal while suspended from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
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CANOE FAMILIES, WATER PROTECTORS TO LAUNCH FLOTILLA TO KINDER MORGAN MARINE TERMINAL
Kayakers, Greenpeace boats to support Indigenous spiritual leaders
13 July 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (North Vancouver, BC): Tomorrow, Indigenous canoe families, water protectors, and supporters will launch a flotilla to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Metro Vancouver, which is currently the primary construction site for the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George will lead paddlers in ceremony, song, and prayer. Visiting Nations from around the Salish Sea, local kayakers, and international crews from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise will participate in the ceremony.
After the ceremony, there will be performances and speakers on shore at Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park).
WHEN: Saturday, July 14
WHERE: Launching from Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park) on unceded Tsleil-Waututh territory in North Vancouver, BC (4141 Dollarton Hwy). Water ceremony to take place on Slilwat (Burrard Inlet) outside Westridge Marine Terminal.
9:00 – 9:30 AM PDT: Watercraft prepare onshore for ceremony
10:00 AM PDT: Canoes, kayaks, boats launch
12:00 PM PDT: Watercraft return and observe protocol for coming to shore; spokespeople will be available for interview at and after this time
1:00 PM PDT: Performances and speakers begin onshore programming
PHOTO AND VIDEO: Opportunities to film and photograph from shore and from boats will be available. Stills, livestreams and video footage will be available during and after the event.
WATER PROTECTORS, CANOE FAMILIES PREPARE FOR FLOTILLA AT PIPELINE MARINE TERMINAL
27 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (North Vancouver, BC): On July 14, Indigenous water protectors, canoe families from visiting Nations, and supporters will take to the water in ceremony to defend the Inlet from Justin Trudeau’s Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George invites all committed to protecting water and life, from around the Salish Sea and beyond, to join Indigenous canoe families on the water in ceremony and in bearing witness to the ongoing violence in the Inlet, as construction continues at the tar sands tanker terminal.
Indigenous leaders and organizers expect hundreds of watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, sailboats and larger boats to join the ceremony and gathering at the Westridge Marine Terminal on July 14.
There will be a simultaneous rally on shore from the launch site at Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park) to support water protectors.
WHAT: Indigenous-led ceremony and water-based direct action to protect the inlet
WHEN: Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 AM PDT
WHERE: Westridge Marine Terminal, Burrard Inlet. Launching from Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park) on unceded Tsleil-Waututh territory in North Vancouver, BC.
PHOTO AND VIDEO: Opportunities to film and photograph from shore and from boats will be available. Footage from organizers will be made available to reporters during and after the event.
ORDER OF CANADA RECIPIENT AMONG THOSE ARRESTED DEFYING TRUDEAU’S PIPELINE BUYOUT
Protectors face 7 days in jail after arrests at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm construction site
30 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson is among multiple people arrested today at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm. Despite facing potential jail time, Swanson, 75, joined Protectors to condemn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $4.5 billion buyout of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline.
“The Order of Canada is given to people who want a better country,” said Swanson, who received her Order of Canada for working with impoverished communities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “Spending billions of taxpayer dollars on an oil pipeline given the threat of climate change is not making Canada a better country.”
Morgan McGinn, 24, Charlotte Gyoza, and Susan Lambert were among the others arrested alongside Swanson. Lambert said, “There comes a time to look at what’s at stake for our grandchildren. I feel very responsible and it’s time to stand for what is right.”
Today’s Protectors were accompanied by Indigenous Water Protectors, streamkeepers and local residents who are concerned about the impacts of ongoing construction at the pipeline tank farm and marine terminal. Kinder Morgan construction recently released a plume of sediment into a nearby salmon-bearing creek, which is part of the Fraser River watershed.
“We’ve had a real problem here the last 5 years at the Burnaby terminal,” said streamkeeper John Preissl. “Two salmon creeks run through the Burnaby Mountain tank farm: Eagle Creek and Silver Creek, which is listed as at-risk. What we’re most concerned about is the shoddy construction work at the terminal – there were major washout issues on April 13th and in Eagle Creek on June 13th.”
After today’s initial arrests, several more people stepped up to block the gates to the Kinder Morgan facility despite the threat of jail time. 207 people have been arrested since March for contempt of court while demonstrating against the pipeline. Of those, 100 have pled guilty and 18 pled not guilty. Trials are set to continue July 30 and will stretch into the fall.
On July 14th at 10 AM PDT in Whey-ah-wichen (Cates Park, North Vancouver), Indigenous Water Protectors will host visiting canoe families and other watercraft for a water ceremony and flotilla at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal. Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George has extended an open invitation to join her on the water in ceremony and to witness the ongoing violence being committed in the Inlet as construction continues at the tar sands tanker terminal.
Grandmother, 69, Faces 7 days in Jail After Arrest to Stop Kinder Morgan
“There are a lot of people in power who aren’t listening, but there are people who are willing to make these changes, which is why I’m willing to get arrested today.”
19 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): A crowd of about a hundred people cheered on grandmother Laurie Embree this morning at the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge tanker terminal on Burnaby Mountain after she travelled more than 5 hours from home to risk arrest stopping the poisonous pipeline and tanker project.
After refusing to leave, Embree, 69, of 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia was arrested and taken by Burnaby RCMP members for processing and released. Under new BC Prosecution Service guidelines she could face 7 days in jail or up to $5,000 in fines.
“I’m down here from the 108 Mile Ranch to say to our government post-buyout that the most important thing for me is what we’re doing to our home, our planet – it’s screaming at us as regular citizens to do something about it,” said Embree. “There are a lot of people in power who aren’t listening, but there are people who are willing to make these changes, which is why I’m willing to get arrested today.”
Embree continued, “We have the technology to make the change and to stop using fossil fuels and transition to renewables. We have the people to make these changes and there are jobs in making those changes. The only thing lacking is the political will.”
The government of Canada recently purchased the existing pipeline for $4.5 billion and plans to spend an additional estimated $15 billion to build 950 kilometres of new pipeline for export-only diluted bitumen to be shipped on tankers to heavy oil refineries in Washington and California.
NINE PEOPLE FOUND GUILTY OF CONTEMPT FOR ENGAGING IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT KINDER MORGAN TANK FARM
18 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC):Nine people were found guilty of criminal contempt in BC Supreme Court today for committing civil disobedience at the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain while another four started their trials. Outside, a support rally held a mock board meeting of pipeline owners who voted to remove their portion of the soon-to-be Canadian-owned pipeline.
Bill Burgess, Charles Coleman, Simin Eghbali-Tabrizi, Johanna Hauser, Errol Povah, Kat Roivas, Gareth Rowbotham, Clayton Thomas-Muller, and Natan Vilner will be sentenced at a hearing June 28 at 10:00 am. The Crown has recommend fines up to $3,000 or 150 hours of community service.
Another trial started this morning as Jim Leuba, Nancy McLean, Kat Roivas and Tom Sandborn appeared in court after pleading not guilty to contempt of court for contravening the injunction that prevents the exercise of their Charter right to protest.
Outside, supporters held a “board meeting” to vote on what they should do with their portion of the soon-to-be Canadian-taxpayer owned pipeline and tanker project; estimates calculate every Canadian will own 3.6 cm of the pipeline. The new shareholders passed a motion to extract their portion of pipe, and voted to stop tar sands tankers, return the land the pipeline crosses to the respective Nations, invest in the retraining of oil and gas workers for renewables and begin construction of clean drinking water infrastructure to reserves and remote communities.
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Protectors Risk Arrest at Westridge Marine Terminal to Stop Kinder Morgan Buyout
“We need to draw the line on climate change.”
11 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Around ten Protectors risked arrest this morning after stopping trucks outside Kinder Morgan’s Westridge tanker terminal in Burnaby for the first action since Kinder Morgan’s injunction was expanded Friday.
One of those risking arrest was SFU professor Dr. Tim Takaro, “We need to draw the line on climate change. The government says this, the pope says this, scientists say this. A 40 year mega infrastructure project like Trans Mountain is over the line.” Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology.
Defendants arrested on March 17 appeared today in BC Supreme Court; trials are expected to run until Thursday. The BC Prosecution Service’s recommended sentence for these defendants, if found guilty, is a $3,000 fine or 150 hours of community service.
On Friday, Kinder Morgan was granted an expanded injunction zone and an extension to all its properties in British Columbia. The BC Prosecution Service is now recommending seven days jail time for anyone arrested if the person pleads guilty early in the process.
Construction to triple Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal began last year to serve the 700% increase in tar sands Aframax tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet and Salish Sea proposed by the Trans Mountain project. The expanded port facility would have three berths for tankers rather than the existing single berth. Westridge Marine Terminal is located on unceded Tsleil-Waututh territory and directly across the Inlet from the Tsleil-Waututh reserve. First Nations in British Columbia and Washington State have voiced opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project and the threat the increased tanker traffic poses to their communities on the coast.
The government of Canada recently purchased the existing pipeline for $4.5 billion and plans to spend an additional estimated $15 billion to build 950 kilometres of new pipeline for export-only diluted bitumen. Protectors vow to keep up the resistance until the export-only diluted bitumen pipeline and tanker project is dead.
Hundreds rally at “Trudeau Tank Farm” to protest Kinder Morgan buyout
“We stopped Kinder Morgan and its investors, we will stop this buyout as well.”
2 June, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Indigenous leaders and hundreds of supporters marched to the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm on Burnaby Mountain this morning to “rebrand” signage to reflect the Trudeau government’s recent announcement it will purchase the troubled pipeline and project.
“Here on Coast Salish land, this resistance is getting bigger and stronger. The people are standing up. This is more than a pipeline issue. This is an issue of how the Canadian government treats First Nations and local communities,” said Tsleil-Waututh and Tulalip member Cedar Parker-George, grandson of elder Ta’ah Amy George, as he fastened a sign emblazoned with “Pipeline Sold! For questions and comments, call Justin Trudeau” to the tank farm gates.
“As we gather here today on the frontlines, people are organizing in 75 cities across Canada to show their MPs the widespread opposition to this pipeline. People feel betrayed by the Trudeau government’s decision to use billions of taxpayers’ dollars and ignore Indigenous rights, community safety and the climate,” said Tzeporah Berman, who spoke on Tuesday’s rally in Vancouver at Science World that saw thousands of people some together in a snap reaction rally to the buyout announcement. “We stopped Kinder Morgan and its investors, we will stop this buyout as well.”
More than 200 people have been arrested since March defending the water, land, and climate from Kinder Morgan’s export-only toxic diluted bitumen pipeline and tanker project. Indigenous leaders and grassroots organizers expect that number to grow exponentially if the federal government attempts to begin construction this summer. Outrage at the federal decision has spurred urgency among residents to take direct action against the tar sands project, with over 25,000 people pledging to do “whatever it takes” to stop the pipeline.
SATURDAY: PIPELINE OPPOSITION CONTINUES WITH RALLY AT TANK FARM GATES
1 June 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Tomorrow morning, people will convene at Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House before marching to the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm. Water protectors, land defenders and supporters will make it clear to the new owners of the tar sands project that their opposition will continue until the pipeline is permanently cancelled.
Earlier this week, over 2,000 people attended an emergency rally on the same day that the Trudeau government announced they would purchase the pipeline after investors deemed it too risky. Kinder Morgan was forced to abandon the tar sands project after facing escalating opposition from Indigenous Nations and leaders, as well as thousands of British Columbians who have pledged to engage in civil disobedience to stop the pipeline.
The Trudeau’s government purchase of the pipeline and tanker project “changes nothing” for those who are committed to do “whatever it takes” to protect the inlet, land, water and climate.
INDIGENOUS LEADERS PREPARE TO ESCALATE IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT PURCHASE OF KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE
“The answer is still no.”
29 May, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Indigenous leaders are preparing to escalate their frontline opposition in the face of the federal purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“This is the moment in history where Justin Trudeau has revealed that he never cared about Indigenous rights or reconciliation,” said Will George, Tsleil-Waututh member and spokesperson for the Coast Salish Watch House. “The cost that they did not calculate in their $4.5 billion purchase is that Indigenous frontlines will stop this pipeline.”
“The Watch House will continue to stand in the way of pipeline development, and I will continue to meet the responsibility passed on to me by my ancestors to protect the water and land,” continued George.
After months of escalating action at Kinder Morgan’s construction sites, the company issued a deadline to the federal government to contend with the growing on-the-ground resistance to the project. Water protectors and land defenders are celebrating their collective power in forcing Kinder Morgan to back away from the doomed pipeline, and now Indigenous leaders are urging the federal government to stand down and begin meaningful strides toward respecting Indigenous Title and Rights.
“Despite all this insanity that Justin Trudeau is speaking, the answer is still no, we will never allow a pipeline to come through British Columbia and harm our Inlet,” said Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George.
Over 200 people have been arrested since March for opposing the pipeline and defending the water, land, and climate. Indigenous leaders and grassroots organizers expect that number to grow exponentially if the federal government attempts to ramp up construction. Outrage at the federal decision has spurred urgency among residents to take direct action against the tar sands project, with over 25,000 people pledging to do “whatever it takes” to stop the pipeline.
There will be a rally today at Science World in Vancouver at 5:30pm.
TODAY: KINDER MORGAN OPPONENTS TO HOLD FLASH RALLY OPPOSING FEDERAL BUYOUT
May 29, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Later today,British Columbians will gather and rally to express their opposition to the Canadian buyout of Kinder Morgan’s troubled Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
WHAT: Rally opposing the buyout of Kinder Morgan
WHEN: Tuesday May 29, 5:30 pm Pacific
WHERE: Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC, Creekside Park, South West side near the steps
SPEAKERS, in order of appearance:
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
Ta-ah Amy George
Ta-ah is a Tsleil-Waututh elder and grandmother. Ta’ah has been fighting Kinder Morgan for 8 years. She is the daughter of Chief Dan George, and the mother of Rueben George.
Recently elected councillor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation. Activist, artist and fierce opponent of colonialism. He has been fighting for Indigenous language rights and started a Squamish language revitalization program at SFU.
Rueben has been a leader in the fight against Kinder Morgan for the last 10 years in his community of the Tsleil-Waututh. He is a Sun Dance Chief, and the Coordinator for the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust.
Melina has worked on social, environmental and climate justice for the past 15 years. Facing the firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her home community, Little Buffalo, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights and environmental justice.
Chief Ian Campbell
Chief Ian Campbell, Xalek Sekyu Siyam is one of 16 Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation.
Cedar Parker George
Cedar is a Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Tulalip Tribe youth, who has been organizing his communities on both sides of the colonial border to stand up against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Chief Judy Wilson
Chief Wilson is the Secretary Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC which represents more than half of all nations in British Columbia.
Oceann is a Tsleil-Waututh youth who is learning her language in defence of her land.
Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, British Columbia where she promotes art, language, and culture.
Member of the Pukatawagan Nation in Northern, Manitoba. He is an activist for indigenous self-determination and environmental justice. Based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory he works as the Stop-It-at-the-Source Campaigner for 350.org.
Tzeporah Berman is the Deputy Director of Stand.earth an advocacy organization that works on climate change and aboriginal rights. Tzeporah served as the co-chair of Premier Rachel Notley’s Oil Sands Advisory Group and was arrested in Clayoquot Sound.
Ronnie Dean Harris
Ronnie aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. He got his start with professional graphic design at the age of 14. He is an advocate for Indigenous rights, language, and stopping fossil fuels from coming through Indigenous lands.
Tsleil-Waututh member and spokesperson for Kwekwecnewtxw-Protect the Inlet. Swaysǝn translates to when he speaks, people will listen. Will George has been living at the Coast Salish Watch House for the last 12 weeks, leading active blockades, cultural and spiritual practices.
YOUNG FEDERAL LIBERAL VOTERS FEEL BETRAYED BY TRUDEAU, VOW TO KEEP UP RESISTANCE AGAINST KINDER MORGAN
“Justin Trudeau has lost my vote and my trust.”
25 May 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — With only days remaining before Kinder Morgan’s self-imposed deadline for “political certainty” for its toxic diluted bitumen pipeline and tanker projectexpires,young federal Liberal voters were on Burnaby Mountain today to block the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm.
Nearly 200 people have been arrested peacefully resisting the pipeline in solidarity with impacted Indigenous communities since actions began in March.
Kinder Morgan’s export-only pipeline and tanker project risks British Columbia’s coast and the economies it supports, would lock in global warming emissions from the tar sands and is fundamentally incompatible with the federal government’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement as well as commitments to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“I voted for Justin Trudeau in my first-ever election because he promised us a new nation-to-nation relationship, and strong action on climate change. He has broken those promises by forcing Kinder Morgan’s tar sands pipeline through unceded lands without Indigenous consent. Justin Trudeau has lost my vote and my trust,” said Hayley Zacks, 21, activist at the Watch House.
“In 2015, I believed Justin Trudeau when he told us that his government would fix what Stephen Harper broke and make climate change and the title and rights of Indigenous peoples the centerpiece of a new Canada. But instead of fixing how pipelines are rigged for approval, he just sent out a panel to listen to people’s concerns about Kinder Morgan’s export-only toxic bitumen pipeline. Then he and his cabinet ignored it and approved this risky project anyway. Now he wants public money to bail out a Texan corporation?” asked Cara Bauck, 28, Watch House volunteer.
“I voted for Trudeau, and I uphold the right to hold him accountable for the promises he made!” said Max Adshead, 22.
On Wednesday May 23, youths from 5 high schools in Metro Vancouver walked out of classes and held a rally calling on Prime Minister Trudeau as the Minister of Youth to consider their future and stop supporting the diluted bitumen pipeline and tanker proposal.
MASS “DIE-IN” AT KINDER MORGAN TANK FARM HIGHLIGHTS UNRESOLVED SAFETY RISKS
Physician Dr. Stephanie von Dehn arrested in defence of public health
16 May, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — In a dramatic mass ‘die-in’ at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain, local residents drew attention to the many public safety risks associated with the massive expansion of the tank farm.
Led by Watch House guardian and Tsleil-Waututh member Will George, demonstrators marched from Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House to Kinder Morgan’s gates. Wearing hazmat suits and enacting the scenes of a potential future crisis at the site of the tank farm, local residents showed scenes of the real risk to their communities in the event of a fire or spill at the Kinder Morgan facility.
Several people were arrested for blockading the gates and preventing worker access to the Burnaby Mountain construction site during the rally.
Dr. Stephanie von Dehn, a physician and member of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), was arrested holding a sign about the public health risks associated with the tank farm, where bitumen and its diluting agents are stored before being loaded onto tankers. The sign reads, “We cannot fight a fire here.‘The risk to life and health are far too high. This project is completely unacceptable to the fire department,” quoting a 2015 report from the Burnaby Fire Department by Deputy Burnaby Fire Chief Chris Bowcock.
Kinder Morgan plans to triple the capacity of storage for diluted bitumen at the tank farm as part of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. The tank farm is located in a densely populated urban area of Metro Vancouver, and the local fire department has publicly announced that they will be unable to respond to a fire at the tank farm due to the extreme risk.
In the report, Deputy Chief Bowcock said, “The closeness of the tank design creates situations where tank fire fighting is not possible, creating the very real risk of an inextinguishable multiple tank fire event.”
The demonstration comes just after federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s announcement that Trudeau’s government is prepared to indemnify the project against the British Columbian government’s opposition.
“This fight is driven by a love for land and a love for our communities,” said Anna Gerrard, who was arrested at the Kinder Morgan gates. “That is not something that is going to go away, it’s only growing as we stand united in support of Indigenous rights.”
Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project will see an additional 14 new tanks built on Burnaby Mountain, bringing the total number of tanks to 26. With a doubling of tanks at the facility, the proximity of the tanks to one another and the adjacent forest presents a clear and immediate fire threat, according to the fire department (see Background below).
“Risks to Lower Mainland residents. Trans Mountain Tank Farm Tactical Risk Analysis,” Burnaby Fire Department, 2017
Page 3: “Based on the findings of the analysis, the Burnaby Mountain Terminal is not the appropriate location for the expansion of the Burnaby Mountain Terminal as it poses significant constraints from an emergency/fire response perspective, including but not limited to
safety of firefighters and effectiveness to combat fire;
containment and extinguishment of fire/spill/release;
evacuation of employees within the Burnaby Mountain Terminal facility;
evacuation of adjacent neighbourhoods, as well as broader areas impacted by release of sulfur based gases and toxic smoke plumes;
and, protection of adjacent properties, including conservation lands”
Page 7: “The identified increase in events with potential to escalate and extend to adjacent storage tank exposures due to insufficient firefighting deployment positions increases the likelihood of a multiple tank fire (including the potential of having to allow one or several storage tanks to burnout over 2-4 days), toxic smoke plume discharge (including long term chemical exposure to adjacent communities), and heat discharge to areas outside the facility (including high probability of fire extension to the forest areas of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area).
Page 71: “The risk to human life and the environment of release toxic smoke plumes for crude oil fires which includes exposures to soot clouds, liquids, aerosols and gases, particulate matter, metals, sulfur compounds and nitrogen oxides…The smoke discharge associated with an uncontrolled full surface tank fire would significantly impact the health of all lives in the outfall region of smoke.”
KINDER MORGAN BURNABY MARINE TERMINAL BLOCKADED BY LAND AND SEA
Paddlers block gates to tar sands port in solidarity with Indigenous-led opposition to the pipeline
9 May, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Opponents to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project have blockaded the gates to the Texas-based company’s Westridge Marine Terminal this morning. Paddlers attached themselves to the two gates of the pipeline company’s floating razor wire fence that surrounds the construction site, preventing workers from entering by water. At the same time, others on land blocked the two land-side gates, preventing workers from using any entrance.
Later today in Houston, Texas, Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Band, Secwepemc Nation will present a resolution at Kinder Morgan’s Annual General Shareholder Meeting calling on Kinder Morgan to adopt a sustainability framework for new investments and highlighting the implacable Indigenous opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline. Watch the press conference from Houston live at 11:00 AM PST.
This morning’s action, and the promise of ongoing resistance to the pipeline project, highlights the risks to shareholders with a stake in Kinder Morgan.
Paddlers launched at sunrise to blockade the floating gates, which are part of the large razor wire fence that Kinder Morgan installed on unceded Tsleil-Waututh waters in the Burrard Inlet late last fall. The fence was put in place after local residents and grassroots kayaktivists launched a massive flotilla in October, which saw 6 paddlers arrested when they attached themselves to a construction barge.
Jake Hubley, 24, is blocking one of the marine gates, “These are unceded waters. Kinder Morgan has no consent to build their pipeline and tanker terminal here. We’ll stop them for as long as we can today, and this growing Indigenous-led movement to protect the inlet will stop Kinder Morgan forever.”
Liam Fox, a graduate student at Simon Fraser University, said from the other gate at Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal: “We’re here today to say this pipeline will never be built. Indigenous leaders have called on people across the continent to take action against this tar sands project, and we’re honouring the pledge to protect this inlet, the water, land, and climate. We will not stop until Kinder Morgan is dead.”
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WRITERS ARRESTED BLOCKING KINDER MORGAN CONSTRUCTION SITE
Pipeline protesters vow to “do anything” to protect this coast
5 May, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — The Indigenous-led opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline continues to grow, as two people were arrested today for blockading access to the company’s Burnaby Mountain construction site.
Among those arrested today was award-winning novelist, BC writer, Shaena Lambert, who pledged to do what it takes to stop the pipeline being built.
“I didn’t come to get arrested today, but then I saw the faces of those who people that are here who have already been arrested,” said Shaena Lambert, author of Globe and Mail Best Book 2007, Radiance. “So much of what I love in life and that inspires me as a writer is this beautiful coast. And I will do anything to protect it.”
“We’re here to assert our rights and protect our territories,” said Will George, Watch House guardian and Tsleil-Waututh member. “We will be here until this pipeline is dead.”
Indigenous leaders including Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Band (Secwepemc) and Rueben George of the Tsleil Waututh will make an emergency trip to Kinder Morgan’s Houston AGM later this week to warn investors of the heightened risk to the project from staunch Indigenous opposition and ongoing grassroots blockades. The press conference following the meeting will be livestreamed and there will be telephone and teleconference access to the attendees for remote journalists.
Current opposition to the project includes six First Nations litigants at the Canadian Federal Court of Appeals, 150 Nations, Tribes, and Bands from Canada and the United States (Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion), the province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, 22 BC municipalities, 300,000 petition signers, andmore than 24,000 people who have pledged to do “whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan.”
28 April, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Seven more people have been arrested today in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project, joining more than 200 people who have been arrested as part of the Indigenous-led movement that has been growing since March 10th.
Today, faith and spirit leaders from various communities including Muslims, Buddhists, people of Jewish faith, Hindus, Unitarians, Christians, interfaith groups and others gathered at Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House before marching to the front gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm. There, they sang, prayed, led ceremonies, hung prayer flags and rosaries at the gates, all while blocking access to the construction site.
Reverend Laurel Dykstra of the Salal + Cedar Watershed Ministry, who helped organize the event, said at the Kinder Morgan gates: “We are here as faith leaders in solidarity with Indigenous people, answering a call from members of Tsleil-Waututh, from spiritual leaders at the Watch House because they have called us to make real our commitment to reconciliation; to make real our commitment the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.”
“This pipeline will not be built,” added Rev. Dykstra.
“We are here today to ritualize resistance. As a Muslim, I stand in solidarity with Indigenous people in meaningful and intentional ways and take leadership from them,” said Amal Rama of the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, an anti-racist, anti-colonial collective.
Bat-Ami Hensen, a member of the Jewish faith community in Victoria, explained that she attended to uphold the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as honour her faith: “In our Torah it says, ‘Justice, Justice shall you pursue’ and we’re told that the reason justice is repeated twice is because it’s not just for ourselves, but for others.”
Last Friday, 16 clergy and members of faith communities blocked both gates at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal, shutting down operations for seven hours. Three were arrested.
Rev. Laurel Dykstra, Salal + Cedar Watershed Ministry: (778) 885-9453
Indigenous Leader to Trudeau: We Will Block This Pipeline
Indigenous leader reminds federal government that Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project still does not have their consent
15 April 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC)— Responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today that the federal government is in financial talks with Kinder Morgan to finance the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project, Protect the Inlet leader and Watch House guardian Will George reiterated firm opposition to the project. Over the past month thousands have participated in ceremony and blockades at the Kinder Morgan facility and today Will George reiterated that they will continue until the project is stopped.
Will George, Watch House guardian and project leader, said, “The Prime Minister is saying they are in negotiations with Kinder Morgan to ensure an end to uncertainty. What he is ignoring is that we are the uncertainty. We will not be bought and we will block this pipeline.”
Indigenous leaders have pledged to continue to take action in the coming weeks until the tar sands project is permanently cancelled. About 200 people have been arrested in the past month alone for opposing the pipeline, and thousands of others have promised to do “whatever it takes” to stop the pipeline.
Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities as well as 250,000 petition signers and more than 24,000 who have pledged to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. The BC Supreme Court and Canadian Federal Court of Appeals have yet to rule on First Nation lawsuits that could still quash the project, with verdicts expected late spring.
Media Availability: Today from 1PM – 3PM, Will George will be available for interviews at the Watch House on Burnaby Mountain. The Watch House is located at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/BZy62HhPos92
Celebrants at feast arrested in front of Kinder Morgan gates
Indigenous leaders remind company, governments that the tar sands project still does not have their consent
14 April 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC)— Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain construction site was blocked by pipeline protesters again today, as people set out from the Watch House and brought food for a feast in front of the gates.
Will George, Watch House guardian and project leader, said, “Sixty years ago the first pipeline was done without our consent. At the time we couldn’t vote or hire lawyers. Today is a different day. Whatever is said in Ottawa this week without us, they should all know that we will be here until this pipeline is cancelled.”
“A feast is a sacred ceremony. It is our sovereign right to practice ceremony on this land,” said Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist.
Indigenous leaders came from as far away as the Haida and Athabasca Chipewyan Nations.
Brandon Gosnell from the Haida Nation said, “I came here today because in 1985 my family clan was protesting on clear cutting on Lyle Island. Same situation as here, and we stopped the logging. We can stop Kinder Morgan too. My great great grandparents were doing what I am doing today. We won. We got our land back. We can stop Kinder Morgan too.”
Rose Deranger Desjarlais, from Athabasca Chipewyan Nation in northern Alberta said, “We must stop this pipeline. It’s enough already. We have to stop the expansion of the tar sands. It is poisoning my people. It has poisoned me. Now like many of my family I have cancer in my body. We can no longer eat our fish. Our waters are poisoned. Thank you for being here.”
Today’s action is part of ongoing Indigenous-led resistance to the Kinder Morgan tar sands project. About 200 people have been arrested in the past month for protesting the pipeline.
QUOTES FROM ARRESTEES:
Kate Mooney, Mother and local Burnaby resident, 38
“I live here near the tank farm with my kids, and I am here to respect Indigenous rights and protect their future. Being here feels like being on the right side of history.”
Jack Boyceland, Retired Engineer and teacher, 77
“My first job was working for an engineer for a gas pipeline company. I have seen spills and accidents. My concern here is the tankers. I know the risks.they are too big. All it will take is one spill to set us back forever. We can’t allow a chance of a pipeline or tanker spill on this coast. “
Steve Stewart, International Development Professional,
“I remember when this pipeline burst in 2007 and I was horrified. The image of the oil spraying over the houses was something I will never forget. There is nothing world class about this project. My child is 17 she was arrested here in March and as a parent I need to stand with her.”
More arrests at Kinder Morgan construction site as protests resume
“Let’s not forget in all the provincial and federal squabbling that the company still doesn’t have Indigenous consent and never will.”
12 April 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Today, a group of artists blockaded the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm as part of ongoing Indigenous-led resistance to the tar sands project. Indigenous leaders have vowed that the pipeline will never be built.
“Let’s not forget in all the provincial and federal squabbling that the company still doesn’t have Indigenous consent and never will,” said Will George, Watch House project leader and Tsleil Waututh member. “We will continue to delay the pipeline here at the construction site and in the courts until Kinder Morgan relents.”
Today’s protest brought together artists from nearby universities, as well as grassroots communities, who created an art installation as part of their blockade at the Kinder Morgan gates.
“I am here because I feel a great responsibility to protect our coast and stand with Indigenous leaders opposed to this pipeline,” said Pia Massie, Artist-In-Residence at Emily Carr University Faculty of Culture and Community. “Artists have always helped define key moments in history and this is one of them.”
Violet Williams, an 18 year old student at the University of Victoria from K’ómoks Nation said, “I am here for future generations so that they can have grandchildren on this earth.”
“I think we’re being called at this time in the world to stand up for future generations and protect our children.” said Susan Smyth, a 70 year old artist who answered the call from Indigenous leaders to Protect The Inlet from Kinder Morgan.
So far, 3 people have been arrested today for blocking the gates to Kinder Morgan’s construction site. About 200 people have been arrested in the past month for protesting the pipeline.
Current opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities as well as 250,000 petition signers and more than 23,000 who have pledged to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. The BC Supreme Court and Canadian Federal Court of Appeals have yet to rule on ten First Nation lawsuits that could still quash the project.
First Hearing Monday, April 9 at 10am for 28 People Arrested for Defying Kinder Morgan Injunction
Kinder Morgan is pursuing contempt of court convictions against all 168 people arrested March 17-24
Vancouver, BC – The first grouping of 168 people arrested on Burnaby Mountain for protesting Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will have their “first appearance” hearing on contempt of court charges in the BC Supreme Court on Monday, April 9 at 10am.
What: First appearance hearing on contempt of court for 28 people arrested in March
Starting on Good Friday, Kinder Morgan began serving the 168 people arrested for violating the injunction with a notice that the company is pursuing contempt of court convictions against them. Kinder Morgan is also seeking to add each of them to the underlying SLAPP lawsuit it filed in March.
According to the Notice of Application filed by Kinder Morgan on March 29, the company is expected to begin prosecutions Monday against 25 people arrested on March 23, 2018, including Members of Parliament Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart. The remaining 140 people being prosecuted on contempt will have first appearance dates on Wednesday and Thursday.
Three people arrested near the front gate of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on March 19—Uni Urchin, Suntree Johnson Larue, and Terry Christenson—will also appear in BC Supreme Court Monday at 10am on contempt charges. Urchin and Larue also each face multiple criminal charges for protesting the pipeline expansion project.
If presiding Justice Kenneth N. Affleck decides to forego civil contempt charges and, instead, holds criminal contempt proceedings, the Attorney General of BC could be asked by the court to step in as prosecutor.
On World Water Day, Indigenous Water Protectors and activists highlight risks of spills from Kinder Morgan pipeline
22 March 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — While the protest is still ongoing, four people have now been arrested defending water from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project today.
In recognition of women’s important role in safeguarding water, Indigenous Women Water Protectors, Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Audrey Siegl, led activists as they set out this morning, on World Water Day.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo of the Lubicon Cree First Nation in Alberta, said: “What happens here today will impact our families back home in the tar sands. Our communities’ water, air and land is being compromised by tar sands operations, which Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline will only exacerbate. On World Water Day, we are here to protect the water from pipeline spills, the consequences of which we have experienced first-hand in Alberta and which threaten precious water all along the pipeline route.”
The group of activists who took action today also planted trees in front of a clearing where Kinder Morgan had been cutting them down — a next step in construction to make way for the company’s pipeline, which threatens more than 1,000 watercourses. The planting of the saplings was a symbolic act of protecting and nurturing nature, as well as recognizing the role of water in sustaining all life.
John Vissers, one of the people arrested today, said: “I live in the Fraser Valley and Trans Mountain had spills there some years ago. The first spill went into a creek. The second spill was so bad that a local elementary school was actually locked down. The company had the audacity to say the spill was what they called an ‘unintentional discharge.’ Three year-olds have unintentional discharges. Pipelines have spills. Kinder Morgan is not a good corporate citizen. We decided six years ago we’re going to do everything we can to stop this pipeline expansion, and that’s why we’re here.”
Maureen Currin, another person arrested today, said: “I’m originally from Toronto and my family originates in Ireland. They came here because they weren’t treated well by the government of the time. I’m carrying on our tradition of standing up when Indigenous Peoples are forced off their land. I teach Indigenous children and I see how they are affected every day. I was raised to be an environmentalist and activist by my mom, who recently passed away. I know she’d be proud of me for being here today and I want to pass that on to my children.”
World Water Day is a powerful reminder to protect the ecosystems Kinder Morgan puts at risk all along the proposed routes of its pipeline and associated oil tankers — from the Coldwater and Chilliwack aquifers, to the Fraser River and salmon-spawning streams, to the iconic Pacific coast down to California.
More than eighty-five people have now been arrested resisting Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project since the first day of action on Saturday, March 17th. Many more, including Indigenous leaders, have stood by in solidarity during ongoing protests.
One-in-ten British Columbianssay they would be willing to take peaceful civil disobedience to resist the pipeline. Among those who have taken action are a former Trans Mountain employee, a Greenpeace founder, a retired teacher, grandparents, nurses, students, youth and many more.
RETIRED OPERA SINGERS SING AS THEY ARE ARRESTED PROTESTING KINDER MORGAN
20 March 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — Twelve protesters were just arrested on Burnaby Mountain after peacefully refusing to leave Kinder Morgan’s front gates. Three more took their place.
Following the estimated10,000 person-strong march and rally against Kinder Morgan March 10, demonstrations of resistance have continued at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm, where the company plans to triple the number of tanks holding diluted bitumen and crude oil in this densely populated suburb of Vancouver.
Janet McDonald, a palliative care nurse from Victoria, arrested on Wednesday: “As a health professional, I have come to understand the value of life. This pipeline represents death for the people, animals, and plants that depend on a healthy planet to survive, and we need to do whatever we can to stop it. This is one time we can really make a difference. There area lot of us here and still coming”
Gary and Anne Reylea, retired opera singers with the Canadian Opera Company:
Gary Relyea: “We are very disappointed with Prime Minister Trudeau. He has broken his promise to Indigenous people and to act in climate change and meet our commitments for the Paris Accord. It’s time to stop the expansion of the oil sands.”
Anne Reylea: “I support First Nations in their fight to protect the water, and to do our point in reconciliation. I need to make sure our government knows that they have to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).”
Susan Quipp, a former pediatric nurse from Victoria who was arrested on Wednesday,
“I’m not sure why everyone keeps asking me why I’m protesting today — the real question is, ‘Why isn’t everyone protesting today? The potential health implications of this pipeline are enormous and far reaching — from spills poisoning our water and soil, to the public health impacts of a warming global climate — the impacts will likely be devastating.”
On Tuesday, a former Trans Mountain pipeline employee was arrested for refusing to move from Kinder Morgan’s front gates. (Trans Mountain is both the pipeline name and the company that sold the pipeline to Kinder Morgan in 2005.) While she was being arrested Romilly Cavanaugh told supporters, “We lived and worked in fear when I worked for Trans Mountain, because the reality is that no amount of equipment or people is going to change the fact that in the event of a spill, they will be able to recover very little.”
Early Monday, a 70-year-old grandfather scaled and set up camp in a tree directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s clear-cutting activity. He was arrested and removed at 8:00 p.m. by the B.C. RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT).
One of Canada’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, Tim Brae, was one of the first arrested for refusing to leave Kinder Morgan’s gates. He wrote about ithere.
Current opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities as well as 250,000 petition signers. More than 23,000 have taken a pledge to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan. One-in-ten British Columbians, and one-in-four opponents of Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline in British Columbiasay they would be willing to take peaceful civil disobedience to resist the pipeline.
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette – 514-229-5843 (Lead Media Liaison)
Jesse Firempong – 778-996-6549
Virginia Cleaveland – 778-984-3994
Tegan Hansen – 250-354-3302
See all media releases at : www.protecttheinlet.ca
FORMER TRANS MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER ARRESTED BLOCKING KINDER MORGAN CONSTRUCTION
“We lived and worked in fear when I worked for Trans Mountain, because the reality is that no amount of equipment or people is going to change the fact that in the event of a spill, they will be able to recover very little.”
20 March 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — A former environmental engineer for Trans Mountain has been arrested with a group of students and youth at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm.
Romilly Cavanaugh, former Trans Mountain environmental engineer arrested today:
“I worked for Trans Mountain’s environmental department in the 1990s. If there is a tanker spill or spill from the pipeline itself, from Edmonton to Vancouver and down to Washington, the best Trans Mountain will be able to do, even today, is between 10 and 20% recovery.
The rest will remain in the environment, damaging fish, birds, crabs – everything you can imagine. We lived and worked in fear when I worked for Trans Mountain, because the reality is that no amount of equipment or people is going to change the fact that in the event of a spill, they will be able to recover very little.”
Protesters arrived on site at around 11:00 am and tied themselves to the main gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site, blocking the entrance.
Ten were arrested today, making more than 60 people who have been arrested in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project since the first day of action on Saturday, March 17th.
Early Monday, a 70-year-old grandfather scaled and set up camp in a tree directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s clear-cutting activity. He was arrested and removed at 8:00 p.m. by the B.C. RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT). Kinder Morgan must finish cutting trees before the March 26th deadline, when migratory birds will begin nesting.
Current opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities and 250,000 petition signers. More than 23,000 have taken a pledge to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan. One-in-ten British Columbians, and one-in-four opponents of Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline in British Columbiasay they would be willing to take peaceful civil disobedienceto resist the pipeline.
Greenpeace founder among senior citizens and supporters arrested blockading Kinder Morgan site
19 March 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) —Ten people, including concerned seniors and Greenpeace founder, Rex Weyler, were arrested today blockading the gates to Kinder Morgan’s construction site on Burnaby Mountain.
They were inspired to act followinglast Saturday’s march and rally, where 10,000 people came out in support of Indigenous communities resisting Kinder Morgan’s new oil pipeline.
Rex Weyler, a founder of Greenpeace International, said: “We do this in solidarity with the Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish communities, knowing we’re not alone. The whole world is watching — wondering will Canada continue to be a fossil fuel hog after promising to cut carbon emissions? Will Justin Trudeau continue to renege on his commitments on Indigenous rights? The world is waiting for us to act on our promises. In our roles as global citizens, it’s our responsibility to speak up against the risks from Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline and oil tankers.”
The activists were arrested in three waves after zip-tying themselves to the fence. Among those arrested were Barbara and Bob Stowe, daughter and son of Greenpeace founders Dorothy and Irving Stowe. Greenpeace got its start in Vancouver in 1971.
Barbara Stowe, on behalf of herself and her brother, Bob, said: “Kinder Morgan’s pipeline is unethical, and it goes against everything Greenpeace and my family stand for, which is why we were prepared to take action to protect the Earth from the dangers it poses. Greenpeace’s fight to protect the coast from tankers goes back 45-plus years. Our fight also goes back 45-plus years and we’re not backing down now.”
Fatidja Nestman, a senior citizen and Langley grandmother who was also arrested, said: “I’m here for my grandchildren. I live in sight of the Salish Sea and I don’t want to see it blackened with oil or be unable to say anything when my grandchildren say ‘Grandma, what did you do about it?’”
Nancy McLean, a 47-year-old mother and children’s book-seller, arrested said: “It’s important for kids to see adults exercising their rights. So, I’m here to voice my opposition to this infrastructure, expanding this awful infrastructure into the inlet. I think the harm is too high and I think the Prime Minister is wrong and it’s hard to trust him after this.”
More than 30 people have now been arrested taking action against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project over the past week, including the 28 arrested during Saturday’s sit in.
Jesse Firempong – 778-996-6549 (Lead Media Liaison)
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette – 514-229-5843
Virginia Cleaveland – 778-984-3994
Tegan Hansen – 250-354-3302
Concerned seniors, Greenpeace founders and supporters continue resistance at Kinder Morgan construction site
19 March 2018, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — Today, in what is slated to be the latest day of resistance followingSaturday’s blockadeat Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby tank farm, concerned seniors and supporters, including Greenpeace founders, are coming together in solidarity with Coast Salish communities.
Greenpeace founder Rex Weyler, as well as founding family members, Barbara and Bob Stowe (daughter and son of founders, Dorothy and Irving Stowe), were inspired to take action to support with Coast Salish communities following the March 10th Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect The Inlet march. At the march and rally, thousands of people came together to support the Coast Salish communities building a traditionalWatch Houseand showing their resistance to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project.
Together, they will take action against the pipeline project as a reminder that generations of peaceful resistance have won change across Canada, from Indigenous rights, to environmental protection, to peace activism and social justice.
WHAT: Concerned seniors, Greenpeace founders and members of the public take action at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site. Protect The Inlet will provide training and information to people about their right to peaceful, safe resistance.
POLICE ARRESTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FAMILIES AND RETIRED TEACHERS BLOCKING KINDER MORGAN TANK FARM GATES ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN
Saturday, March 17TH 2018, Coast Salish Territory/ Burnaby, BC – A group of more than two dozen Indigenous people, community members, families and retired teachers are being arrested on Burnaby Mountain after they blocked Kinder Morgan’s tank farm front gate for four hours.
Coast Salish community members Oceann Hyland and Will George led the protectors in ceremony at the Watch House and then escorted them to Kinder Morgan’s gates.
Twenty-eight Indigenous people, community members, families and retired teachers peacefully blocked the gates to Kinder Morgan’s tank farm for 4 hours until the RCMP moved in to arrest them, moments ago.
16 more supporters arrived at the site and surrounded the group blocking the gate in support.
“Today we’ve remembered and embraced the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who believed in the power of civil disobedience to shift public opinion. We want to demonstrate that we mean business. We’re going to do whatever it takes, and by any means necessary, and we’ll show up day after day until we win this fight. We encourage our allies, native and non-native alike, to join us in this collective action,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, member of Treaty 6 Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, as he was being taken away by RCMP.
Arrestee Angelina Rose, a UBC student, said as she was being arrested, “We need more people standing on the front lines. As a person of mixed Indigenous and settler history, I owe it to my Ancestors, my future grandchildren and Coast Salish nations to stand with them in this fight.”
Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project is opposed by the Province of British Columbia, the State of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and Victoria, and 19 other municipalities, 250,0000 petition signers,and 23,000 Coast Protectors who have taken the pledge to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan.
The company remains under pressure to finish its tree clearing operations before March 26th, after which the arrival of migratory birds would force a stop in construction and cause significant project delays.
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette – (514) 229 5843 (Lead media contact)
Jesse Firempong – 778-996-6549
Virginia Cleaveland – 778-984-3994
Tegan Hansen — 250-354-3302
INDIGENOUS LEADERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FAMILIES AND RETIRED TEACHERS BLOCK KINDER MORGAN GATES ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN
Protests are planned to continue throughout the week as community vows to sustain actions in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project
March 17, 2018, Coast Salish Territory/ Burnaby, BC – Dozens of Indigenous people, community members, families and retired teachers are blocking Kinder Morgan’s front gate on Burnaby Mountain.
Coast Salish community members Oceann Hyland and Will George led the protectors in ceremony at the nearby Watch House and then escorted them to Kinder Morgan’s gates.
“We have reached a critical point in the fight against Kinder Morgan and their destructive pipeline expansion project,” said Will George, member of Tsleil Waututh Nation. “Bold action is needed now – this is the moment to either stand with Indigenous Nations in the fight for a safe climate and clean water, or else watch as Kinder Morgan continues business as usual and destroys any chance for a safe and livable planet.”
“There is no negotiating the sustainability of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project – it is irreconcilable both with a safe and livable planet, as well as with promises for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ways of life, ” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, member of Treaty 6 Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. “We’re asking people to join us this week in telling Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley that our communities and allies are not going to lay down in the face of corporate greed, and that we are ready to stand up for the water, land, and planet — even if they’re not. ”
Retired Montessori teacher Jeanette Paisley, 76 of Langley, “I’m a little apprehensive about being arrested. I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life. I’ve rarely had a speeding ticket but I am appalled at Kinder Morgan and I’m very disappointed with Trudeau. I decided it’s time to do something. I’ve signed petitions all my life but when I heard about this I decided it was time I got off my duff and did something.”
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette – (514) 229 5843 (Lead media contact)
Jesse Firempong – 778-996-6549
Virginia Cleaveland – 778-984-3994
Tegan Hansen – 250-354-3302
INDIGENOUS LEADERS AND SUPPORTERS TO TAKE BOLD ACTION AT KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION SITE
March 17, 2018, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — Indigenous leaders will lead community members in ceremony and action at Kinder Morgan’s construction site on Burnaby Mountain, starting at 10:00 AM PDT.
Indigenous leaders and supporters will meet at Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House and move towards Kinder Morgan’s construction zone where many may choose to take action in opposition to the proposed tar sands pipeline and tanker project.
Saturday is the first day of a wave of actions at the site that will see people mobilize daily.
Kinder Morgan needs to finish tree logging before March 26, or risk significant construction delays due to the arrival of nesting migratory birds at the logging site.
What: Indigenous Leaders and allies to take action at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site
When: Saturday March 17th, 10:00 AM PDT
Where: Kwekwecnewtxw Watch House, Burnaby Mountain (just across the soccer field located at 8505 Forest Grove Dr, Burnaby, BC)
Interview Opportunities: Spokespeople will be available for interviews before, during and after the action. Photo and video footage will be available.
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette – 514-229-5843 (Lead Media Liaison)
Jesse Firempong – 778-996-6549
Virginia Cleaveland – 778-984-3994
Tegan Hansen – 250-354-3302
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW WAVE OF KINDER MORGAN PROTESTS BEGIN MARCH 17
March 16 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territory/Burnaby Mountain— A new wave of protests starts Saturday and is expected to continue all week, as Kinder Morgan rushes to log trees on its Burnaby property by the March 26 arrival of nesting migratory birds that closes the company’s construction window. If they miss that deadline, the company must wait until August to finish logging, setting their construction schedule back another four months.
This new wave of protests comes after ten thousand people gathered on Burnaby Mountain last week in support of Indigenous Elders and spiritual leaders who vow the $8.9 billion pipeline and tanker project will never be built.
“This Saturday, I’m coming to Vancouver to stand, arm in arm, with my Coast Salish relatives and take action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. I’m standing up for Indigenous rights, for clean water and for a safe, liveable climate and look forward to doing so alongside the ever growing movement against this dangerous pipeline,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of the Pukatawagan Nation and ‘Stop It At The Source’ Campaigner with 350.org.
“I welcome people to come to visit the Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House, and offer their prayers for clean water and healthy environment for future generations,” said Will George, Coast Salish occupant of the Watch House. “I invite all my Indigenous brothers and sisters to bring your drums and join in celebration of this growing movement.”
“Peaceful resistance has been a cornerstone of change across the world for decades, and it will continue to be so. Greenpeace will be on hand standing with Coast Salish leaders and hundreds of others during the coming days to help train people who want to take bold action to protect the water, protect the land and exercise their right to peaceful protest,” said Mike Hudema, Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Canada.