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.