Activists mark oil spill anniversary by spilling “oil” on Kinder Morgan sign
Here’s the note that came with the pics:
Burnaby, Occupied and Unceded Coast Salish Territory
In the early morning hours of July 24, 2015, urban land defenders attacked Kinder Morgan’s sign with black paint at the Westridge Marine Terminal, 7065 Bayview Drive, Burnaby, BC.
This symbolic “spill” and messaging was done with the intention of remembering the Westridge residents affected by Kinder Morgan’s crude oil spill on July 24, 2007.
Not only were approximately 50 homes affected, evacuations displaced numerous residents from their homes. Further, the oil moving through the storm drain system eventually reached the marine waters of Burrard Inlet below the spill site where it began to spread further with wind and tides. As with most of these spills we may never know the full impacts to the people, land, water and air.
Moreover, the activists symbolic, non-violent action was also done to highlight the continuing struggle of indigenous land defenders all along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline corridor. Let it be known that Kinder Morgan do NOT have the consent of First Nations to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline through unceded territory. As usual, industry with their government cronies and police henchmen continue to attempt to bully their way through unceded indigenous territory.
Let it be known, Kinder Morgan (Enron), that you are on notice. You have shown yourselves to be bad neighbors time and time again. Your crimes against Mother Earth and her People will not be conveniently forgotten… or further tolerated.
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!