“We lived and worked in fear when I worked for Trans Mountain, because the reality is that no amount of equipment or people is going to change the fact that in the event of a spill, they will be able to recover very little.”
20 March 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) — A former environmental engineer for Trans Mountain has been arrested with a group of students and youth at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm.
Romilly Cavanaugh, former Trans Mountain environmental engineer arrested today:
“I worked for Trans Mountain’s environmental department in the 1990s. If there is a tanker spill or spill from the pipeline itself, from Edmonton to Vancouver and down to Washington, the best Trans Mountain will be able to do, even today, is between 10 and 20% recovery.
The rest will remain in the environment, damaging fish, birds, crabs – everything you can imagine. We lived and worked in fear when I worked for Trans Mountain, because the reality is that no amount of equipment or people is going to change the fact that in the event of a spill, they will be able to recover very little.”
Protesters arrived on site at around 11:00 am and tied themselves to the main gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site, blocking the entrance.
Ten were arrested today, making more than 60 people who have been arrested in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project since the first day of action on Saturday, March 17th.
Early Monday, a 70-year-old grandfather scaled and set up camp in a tree directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s clear-cutting activity. He was arrested and removed at 8:00 p.m. by the B.C. RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT). Kinder Morgan must finish cutting trees before the March 26th deadline, when migratory birds will begin nesting.
Following the estimated 10,000 person-strong march and rally against Kinder Morgan last Saturday, bold demonstrations of daily resistance from residents all over British Columbia are expected to continue throughout the week. Solidarity actions are also spreading south of the border; on Sunday, kayaktivists took to the water to block access to Kinder Morgan’s oil terminal in Seattle.
Current opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities and 250,000 petition signers. More than 23,000 have taken a pledge to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan. One-in-ten British Columbians, and one-in-four opponents of Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline in British Columbia say they would be willing to take peaceful civil disobedience to resist the pipeline.
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from Mother Nature! If we do not stop dredging bitumin to ship overseas, our future families will be left with nothing. Any spill of this substance can not be cleaned up. It is so dense that is must be diluted with volatile solvents in order to send it through the pipeline. A spill of any magnitude is leathal! I am asking people to please read the report from Michell Anderson “THE SPILL FROM HELL” Poisoned air and Sunken Gunk. A cleanup nightmare. July 2010 a 30 inch pipeline burst and drained 843,000 gallons of BITUMIN into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in rural Michigan. Please inform yourself before you speak against the people that are fighting for YOU and YOUR family. This is not an easy task. We are everyday citizens from every walk of life and all POLITICAL views in B.C. trying to get this important message accross to ALL B.C. residents. Take the time to read FACTS not FICTION about the KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE.