‘THIS IS NOT GO­ING TO HAP­PEN’

Hun­dreds rally at Kinder Mor­gan ter­mi­nal fol­low­ing four-day walk to protest pipe­line ex­pan­sion

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - FRONT PAGE - cara McKenna for Metro

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple ral­lied at the gates of Kinder Mor­gan’s ter­mi­nal in Burnaby on Sun­day at the con­clu­sion of four-day walk against fos­sil fuel ex­pan­sion.

Some of the marchers, in­clud­ing fed­eral Green Party Leader El­iz­a­beth May, em­barked on a full 75-kilo­me­tre jour­ney from Vic­to­ria, while oth­ers joined at var­i­ous stops along the way. Though the sun blazed down, en­ergy was high as the walk­ers made their way to the ter­mi­nal gates be­fore a fes­ti­val in nearby Westridge Park. The Walk for the Sal­ish Sea took place be­tween May 25 to 28.

Cedar Ge­orge-Parker, a youth from Tsleil-Wau­tuth Na­tion who works with the com­mu­nity’s anti-pipe­line ini­tia­tive, told the crowd at Kinder Mor­gan’s Burnaby ter­mi­nal that he will fight for his land.

“I will fight for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, not by my­self but I stand with my broth­ers and sis­ters here,” Ge­orge-Parker said. “This is not go­ing to hap­pen, be­cause we’re not fight­ing for money, we’re fight­ing for lives, we’re fight­ing for each other.”

Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion is set to in­crease tanker traf­fic in Tsleil-Wau­tuth’s back­yard sev­en­fold.

The $7.4-bil­lion ex­pan­sion would also triple the flow of bi­tu­men oil through the ex­ist­ing pipe­line from Al­berta to Burnaby. Kinder Mor­gan re­cently an­nounced it plans to move ahead with the project as long as it se­cures sat­is­fac­tory fi­nanc­ing.

Stephen Col­lis, who was sued by Kinder Mor­gan in 2014 af­ter speak­ing out about test work the com­pany was do­ing on Burnaby Moun­tain, said the four-day walk was sym­bolic be­cause the group passed by large parts of the Sal­ish Sea threat­ened by an oil spill.

“The in­ten­tion is right there,” he said. “To draw at­ten­tion to these un­ceded ter­ri­to­ries, the na­tions that could be most af­fected by the project, and the ecosys­tems that are most af­fected by the project.” In­dige­nous lead­ers from com­mu­ni­ties around the prov­ince, in­clud­ing Secwepemc, Sechelt and Cold­wa­ter were also present at the event, along with sev­eral lo­cal, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral politi­cians.

Green Party Leader May said she is dis­ap­pointed in Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau for “break­ing” his cam­paign prom­ise about forg­ing a new re­la­tion­ship with In­dige­nous peo­ple.

“That’s the sin­gle most im­por­tant sa­cred prom­ise that was made in the elec­tion, and ap­prov­ing per­mits for the Site C dam, ap­prov­ing Petronas up at Lelu Is­land, and ap­prov­ing Kinder Mor­gan, break a sa­cred vow,” she said. “Justin, I’m so dis­ap­pointed in you. You should be ashamed.”

I will fight for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, not by my­self but I stand with my broth­ers and sis­ters here Cedar Ge­orge-Parker

CARA MCKENNA METRO

Peo­ple demon­strate against the pro­posed Trans Moun­tain Pipe­line ex­pan­sion in Burnaby on Sun­day.

Cara MCKenna/Metro

Peo­ple demon­strate with an in­flat­able orca against the pro­posed Trans Moun­tain Pipe­line ex­pan­sion in Burnaby on Sun­day, May 28, 2017 fol­low­ing a four-day march from Vic­to­ria to the Kinder Mor­gan ter­mi­nal in Burnaby.

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