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Update from the Blockaders

As the final rally of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! wound down at Westridge park, four walkers carried out an independent direct action. In an attempt to amplify the message of our Walk, they chained themselves to the gates of the Westridge terminal. Their message to Kinder Morgan: no matter how legal challenges or elections go, the people and First Nations of B.C. simply will not let their pipeline get built.

Inspired by their experience walking and by the peaceful but defiant leadership of Gordon August, Paul Wagner and Audrey Siegl, the walkers took a stand for indigenous sovereignty and ecological responsibility.

Together with a group of supporters from the Walk and well-wishers from the local community, they stayed by that gate until the police cut their locks and carried them off 23 hours later. As they were lifted into waiting police cruisers, the activists promised that similar actions, marches and rallies will continue until the Kinder Morgan pipeline is stopped and indigenous sovereignty recognized.


All four for were released on the spot shortly thereafter and have safely removed home.
Here’s what these activists had to say:

– “I have no regrets doing what we did. In a time when bigotry is loud and clear, I feel a duty to be even louder”.

-Paige


-“I’d like to thank all the Walkers for their inspiring company, our elders and leaders for their teachings, and all those from the local neighbourhood who came out to show their support during the action. Communities like this are the reason our struggle against colonialism and ecological destruction will not fail”.

-Kieth

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Arrests!

Cops arresting protestors at KM facility

Posted by Joanne Elizabeth Thorburn on Monday, May 29, 2017

NOW police arresting last protestor chained to KM FACILITY

Posted by Joanne Elizabeth Thorburn on Monday, May 29, 2017

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Video with Blockaders

SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/events/955947501203696/permalink/1043408915790887

Here is a video featuring talks from Audrey Siegl and Paul Cheoketen Wagner at the gates of the Kinder Morgan terminal. Some incredible people, Paige and Keith (please correct me if I am spelling names wrong or getting names entirely wrong), have chained themselves to the gate to send a message to oppose the pipeline. NO KINDER MORGAN. A better quality video will me made public on youtube once I have the permission of everyone in the video, if you are in this video and do not want it to go on other social medias please let me know. Also, if you would like a copy to share around your circles I can send one to you! #walk4thesalishsea #stopkindermorgan Justin Trudeau John Horgan Christy Clark CBC Radio

Posted by Joshua Cerda Shepherd on Monday, May 29, 2017

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Water protectors lock-down Kinder Morgan Terminal

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May 28, 2017

BURNABY, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – People opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project have locked down at the gates of the company’s Westridge Terminal at 7065 Bayview Drive in Burnaby, British Columbia –  on the eve of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) to finance the project.
“This is just the beginning,” says Audrey Siegl, a member of the Musqueam Nation who is serving as spokesperson for the citizens blocking access to the terminal, which would see a 7-fold increase in oil exports through the fragile waters of Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea if the project is allowed to proceed.
“Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada lack a social license to proceed with this project,” says Siegl. “If allowed to proceed, this expanded fossil-fuel infrastructure would infringe indigenous rights and contribute to environmental disasters – from worsening climate change to pollution of inland and coastal waterways, fisheries and communities. Kinder Morgan and Canada have failed to properly consult indigenous and non-indigenous communities. So people are beginning to take action themselves to stop the pipeline project.”
The blockade of the Kinder Morgan terminal has been initiated at the conclusion of the inaugural Walk 4 the Salish Sea – a 75-kilometre walk from Mile Zero in the provincial capital of Victoria, BC to Kinder-Morgan’s Westridge Terminal in Burnaby.
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For further information, please contact:
Audrey Siegl, member of the Musqueam Nation, 778-988-8880
Ruth Walmsley, member of Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion – BROKE, 604-298-9220
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Hundreds rally in Burnaby to oppose Trans Mountain pipeline…

SOURCE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/4-day-anti-kinder-morgan-march-1.4135412

Walk for the Salish Sea comes as Kinder Morgan files initial public offering to finance project

By Chad Pawson, CBC News Posted: May 28, 2017 7:32 PM PT Last Updated: May 29, 2017 9:28 AM PT

A participant in a 75-kilometre journey from Victoria to Burnaby at Kinder Morgan's Westridge Terminal on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

A participant in a 75-kilometre journey from Victoria to Burnaby at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal on Sunday, May 28, 2017. (CBC)

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal in Burnaby at the conclusion of a 75-kilometre protest march Sunday.

Those who participated in the Walk for the Salish Sea, from Victoria to the Vancouver area, are opposed to twinning the company’s pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the walk was against “all fossil fuel expansions in the absence of Indigenous consent, sound science and ecological balance.”

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip spoke at the rally.

“We always need to be ready to mobilize and have a presence,” said Audrey Siegl with the Musqueam First Nation. “We need to remind not just the government but industry whose land it is.”

Salish Sea Walk Audrey Siegl

The Musqueam First Nation’s Audrey Siegl says the Walk for the Salish Sea helped to keep people mobilized against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (CBC)

The rally comes as Kinder Morgan looks to finance the $7.4 billion expansion project.

The Texas-based company, in conjunction with its indirect subsidiary Kinder Morgan Canada, announced Thursday its final investment decision on the project, which is conditional on the successful completion of the IPO.

The public offering is set to close on Wednesday.

Construction could start as early as September, with a completion date of December 2019.

Although the project has federal approval and provincial consent, many wonder if B.C.’s new political environment could bring a halt to the expansion.

Greens against Kinder Morgan

On Wednesday, the B.C. Greens are expected to announce which party they will support in the B.C. legislature.

During the election, the B.C. Greens, which won three seats, said it would call for a stop to the project.

“The Greens have been solidly against the Kinder Morgan project and I’m very hopeful they’ll find a way in their dealings with the other two parties … to stop it,” said City of Vancouver councillor and Green party member Adriane Carr.

She argues the province’s support for the project under Christy Clark’s leadership came without proper consultation.

“When they issued that permit, which is the yes from B.C., [they] did so without any consultation with First Nations, without more public consultation, and without doing any extra scientific studies,” she said.

Walk for Salish Sea wide of Burnaby rally

Hundreds gathered in Burnaby on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the conclusion of the walk. Organizers say the event helped raise $20,000 for Squamish Coldwater and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations lawsuits against the Trans Mountain expansion. (CBC)

Others at the rally said that past litigation, including a landmark 2014 Supreme Court of Canada case that favoured the Tsilhqot’in people in B.C. in a battle over land title, sets a precedent for ongoing legal battles related to the area the Trans Mountain pipeline will cross.

Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal in Burnaby would get three new berths as part of the expansion.

The company says engagement with communities, landowners, stakeholders and Aboriginal communities has been ongoing since 2012 and that environmental protection plans have been developed along the entire route.

It also says that during construction, the equivalent of 15,000 people will be working on the pipeline expansion, while the project will also create the equivalent of 37,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs per year during operations.

Organizers of the rally say the event helped raise $20,000 for Squamish Coldwater and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations’ lawsuits against the project.

with files from Meera Bains and Canadian Press.

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Hundreds join anti-pipeline march from Vancouver Island to Metro…

SOURCE: http://www.news1130.com/2017/05/27/hundreds-join-anti-pipeline-march-vancouver-island-metro-vancouver/

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – From Victoria to Burnaby, that’s how far people are walking to show their opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Hundreds of people are taking part in the four-day “Walk 4 the Salish Sea”, marching 75 kilometers.

Demonstrators are hoping their movement will help get talks on climate change moving, and gain more support against fossil fuel development and tanker traffic through Indigenous lands.

Audrey Siegl is from Musqueam and says the Kinder Morgan project poses significant environmental, health and social risks… especially for these groups.

“We have the very real global impacts of climate change and what it does… the most directly affected communities are usually the indigenous communities, the poorest, the most isolated communities,” says Siegl. “We’re bringing together so many impacted communities to stand collectively to unite and rise and say no, and not just no to this, but to say yes to protecting, yes to actually marking what is sacred and caring for it in a way that honours who each of us are who the land is and who the ancestors are that cared for this land before.”

She says the march has attracted a lot of support, both from within communities — and within the government — but activists are looking for more representatives to step up and use every ability and resource they have.

“We need governments that are moving completely away from fossil fuels to readily available clean energy options right now.”

Siegl claims officials need to move away from a thinking that puts consumption and profit ahead of the well-being of communities and the environment, and says people need to rethink their priorities.

The march will end on Sunday at the Westbridge terminal gate in Burnaby, where guests like Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May, Grand Chief Stewart and many others are expected to speak.