Pipeline protesters chain necks to doors of Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 8:57 pm

Earlier this morning, Trans Mountain pipeline protesters took their cause to the B.C. Supreme Court building in downtown Vancouver.

Kinder Morgan representatives are in court today to seek an extension of their injunction at the Burnaby Mountain pipeline survey drilling sites. One of the injunctions around the borehole has been lifted after work was completed, but an injunction is still in place for the other borehole.

Approximately a dozen activists were protesting outside the court entrance doors on Smithe Street. The doors were also chained locked and at least four protesters used bike locks to secure their necks to the door handles.

Protesters also set off the court building’s fire alarms at least four times this morning. Nobody inside was evacuated, but the protesters were eventually forced to leave for safety reasons. The doors are now open and guarded by security and police.

If an injunction extension is approved, the injunction to conduct drilling work without interference by protesters could last until December 12. The B.C. Supreme Court judge is expected to return to court early this afternoon and announce his decision.

Over the past week since the protests began, the RCMP’s policing and security efforts at Burnaby Mountain have cost $100,000 per day. Nearly one hundred protesters have also been arrested to date.



Feature Image: @earyn604 via Twitter

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