ADVISORY: Karen Mahon of Stand.earth among 4 arrested by RCMP at Kinder Morgan Protest
October 29, 2017
“Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Will Never Be Built”
For Immediate Release
Cates Park | Whey-ah-Wichen, Vancouver – RCMP arrested four “kayaktivists” who roped themselves to a Kinder Morgan barge in Burrard Inlet to protest the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project this afternoon.
The boaters were protesting the start of construction at the terminal, standing in solidarity with First Nations who have not consented to the pipeline’s path through their traditional territory.
“Last year we took the Coast Protectors pledge that we would so whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan’s risky pipeline. I was happy to get arrested today to stop it,” said Karen Mahon, Campaigns Director for Stand.Earth, one of the four arrestees.
The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project is opposed by numerous First Nations and the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, which represents 150 Nations, Tribes and Bands, as well as the Province of British Columbia, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver and twenty other municipalities, and 240,000 petition signers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved it November 19, 2016.
The Federal Court of Appeal retired October 13, 2017 after the longest trial in its history to decide whether or not to quash Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet decision to approve Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. The suit was brought by six First Nations, two environmental organizations and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, with the British Columbian government as intervenor. The verdict is expected sometime between February and April.