Hundreds of protesters ignore court deadline to leave Kinder Morgan's Burnaby Mountain survey site

Dec 19 2017, 8:49 pm

An estimated 300 people have remained at Kinder Morgan’s pipeline survey site at Burnaby Mountain, even though the 4 p.m. court ordered deadline to vacate from the site has passed.

Protesters have erected tents, anti-pipeline banners and signs while a First Nation group even brought a log to the mountain to carve it into a totem pole on-site. The Sea Shepherd activist group is also at the demonstration and has set-up a live stream of the events that are unfolding.

Burnaby RCMP officers are on site monitoring the situation and have issued a statement indicating that it has no plans today to make arrests to enforce the court order.

“The Burnaby RCMP will continue to ensure the right of those who are assembled on Burnaby Mountain to carry out a lawful and peaceful protest and we encourage people to continue in a peaceful manner that does not infringe on the injunction,” read the statement.

“While the Burnaby RCMP are under a court-directed enforcement order, it does recognize our authority of discretionary powers. That discretionary authority allows police to take time to assess the situation.”

Late last week, the B.C. Supreme Court granted Kinder Morgan an injunction for police to remove protesters from Burnaby Mountain. The company’s surveyors are attempting to drill several small holes 250-metres into the mountain to test soil conditions for the construction of the $5.4-billion TransMountain pipeline.


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