Seven activists arrested on Kinder Morgan barge


This activist-submitted photo shows seven people on Kinder Morgan’s drilling barge Monday morning with an anti-Kinder Morgan banner. The Burnaby RCMP arrested seven people Monday for boarding the barge, which the company is using to conduct underwater drilling for soil samples. Photograph submitted to Burnaby Now.

Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, January 18, 2016

Police have arrested several activists that occupied a Kinder Morgan drilling barge near the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby Monday morning.

According to anti-pipeline activist Adam Gold, two protesters boarded the barge Sunday and stayed overnight. More protesters arrived to join them and bring supplies Monday morning. That’s when police showed up and removed the group.

According to the Burnaby RCMP, seven protesters were arrested this morning with help from the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

“Early this morning, the Burnaby RCMP was asked to remove the protestors as it was not safe for them to remain onboard and they were impeding the work being performed on the barge,” the police stated in a release. “The Burnaby RCMP would like to remind the public that the drilling barge is private property and as such those persons arrested will be facing criminal mischief charges.”

The NOW contacted Kinder Morgan for comment, but no one from the company was available.

Kinder Morgan is drilling boreholes and taking underwater soil samples as part of the plan to expand the Westridge Marine Terminal, a dock on the Burrard Inlet where tankers fill up with crude. The drilling is similar to the survey work that spurred mass protests on Burnaby Mountain last fall. The work is ongoing until Feb. 29.


Posted on January 18, 2016, in Oil & Gas, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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