Thousands protest Kinder Morgan pipeline in Vancouver (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Nov 19 2016, 11:02 pm

Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Vancouver on Saturday, November 19 to protest the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Reports suggest that up to 4000 protesters met at City hall before marching across the Cambie Street Bridge and congregating in Library Square.

Shortly before the protest began, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson – who has been outspoken in his criticism of the pipeline – tweeted his support for those marching, stating the expansion is “not worth the risk.”

And judging by the crowds of people who attended the rally, it seems many people agreed with his sentiment.

The rally started at City Hall at around 3:30 pm, before protesters made their way down Cambie Street, across the bridge, and then converged again at Library Square.

Marching to music #stopkindermorgan #notankers #nopipelines #greenestcity #keepitintheground

A video posted by Christopher Hakes (@chakes003) on

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

But the fact it would plough through a big chunk of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, has made the plan extremely controversial in recent years.

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.

The BC government has said it is up to the federal government to approve or reject the plan. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to decide on the expansion by December.

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