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Kinder Morgan pipeline protest in Vancouver this Saturday

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Jenni Sheppard Sep 07, 2017 12:45 am 399

Another protest against the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion through Burnaby Mountain will take place this Saturday in Vancouver.

The “Kinder Morgan: We still say NO” event is being organized by the Coast Protectors, a First Nations-led group opposing the pipeline.

The protest will gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, on the Georgia Street side, at 1 pm, to call for a future without fossil fuels.

“Smoky skies and massive hurricanes – this is the worst time in the history of the world to build a tar sands pipeline,” write organizers on the Facebook event page.

“On Saturday, we say no to climate chaos and dirty tar sands pipelines and yes to a fossil free future.”

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is intended to increase the capacity of the existing pipeline from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.

But given the fact that it would plough through a big chunk of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, the plan has faced huge protests over recent years.

The former BC government under the BC Liberals had said it was up to the federal government to decide whether to allow the project to go ahead or not.

Justin Trudeau ended up approving the pipeline expansion in November last year, saying that decision was “based on rigorous debate, science and evidence.”

But the new BC NDP government has pledged to fight the pipeline expansion in court and through First Nations consultation.

Two years ago, many protesters camped out on the mountain were arrested. Meanwhile the City of Burnaby even took Kinder Morgan to court over the proposal, to no avail.

In Vancouver, a protest against the pipeline expansion last November saw 4,000 people march through the streets with the support of Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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