Pipe­line protest

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Sum­mer­stown res­i­dent Jac­que­line Mil­ner was one of four pro­test­ers to gather at MP Guy Lau­zon’s Corn­wall of­fice late Fri­day morn­ing to protest the Kinder Mor­gan Tran­sMoun­tain pipe­line.

The four­some was part of a na­tional day of sim­i­lar demon­stra­tions across the coun­try. Al­though their protest wasn’t quite as dra­matic as the one in Burn­aby, B.C. where more than two dozen peo­ple were ar­rested, they still got to present their mes­sage to Mr. Lau­zon’s of­fice.

The lo­cal cit­i­zens con­tend the pipe­line project vi­o­lates rights and is fraught with en­vi­ron­men­tal risks.

“Kinder Mor­gan’s pipe­line and tanker project vi­o­lates In­dige­nous rights, threat­ens frag­ile wa­ter­ways with oil spills, and would fa­cil­i­tate huge in­creases in global warm­ing car­bon pol­lu­tion,” said the let­ter ad­dressed to Mr. Lau­zon.

“The Kinder Mor­gan Tran­sMoun­tain pipe­line be­ing pushed by the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is be­ing done with­out the con­sent of First Na­tions and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

The let­ter adds that the pipe­line threat­ens frag­ile wa­ter­ways with oil spills, and would fa­cil­i­tate huge in­creases in global warm­ing car­bon pol­lu­tion.

“It’s to­tally in­con­sis­tent with Trudeau’s prom­ises, and we call on those within the op­po­si­tion to act against this bro­ken prom­ise,” said the let­ter.

Corn­wall res­i­dent and protest or­ga­nizer Dy­lan Ri­dal says that peo­ple need to tran­si­tion away from their de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els.

“We’re op­posed to the pipe­line be­cause the ma­jor­ity of scientists re­al­ized that we need to be off fos­sil fu­els and we need an al­ter­nate en­ergy source,” he says.

Mr. Lau­zon was not at his of­fice dur­ing the protest but one of his as­sis­tants re­ceived the let­ter.

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