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Up to pipeline firms, not Ottawa, to make Gateway, Trans Mountain work, industry minister says

Another protester arrested and carried away; in total some 26 people were arrested on Nov 20, 2014.

Another protester arrested and carried away; in total some 26 people were arrested on Nov 20, 2014, protesting Kinder Morgan’s exploratory drilling on Burnaby Mountain, BC.

Federal government has ‘done everything we can,’ Industry Minister James Moore says

By Chris Hall, CBC News, Dec 11, 2014

Industry Minister James Moore says the federal government did its job to advance the cause of two proposed oil pipelines through his home province of British Columbia, and now it’s up to the companies to ensure the projects succeed.

“We’ve done everything we can in a responsible way,” Moore said in an interview with CBC News in his Parliament Hill office when asked about Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan stops drilling, begins moving equipment from Burnaby Mountain

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Kinder Morgan loses bid to extend injunction on Burnaby Mountain

Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs leads crowd of around 100 to drill site as he voluntary gets arrested, Nov 27, 2014.

Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs leads crowd of around 100 to drill site as he voluntary gets arrested, Nov 27, 2014.

Judge throws out civil contempt charges against those arrested for breaking the injunction

CBC News, Nov 27, 2014

An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday, meaning the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1.

In denying the company’s request to extend the injunction to Dec. 12, the judge also ruled that all civil contempt charges against those arrested so far have been thrown out due to errors in the injunction. Read the rest of this entry

It won’t end here: Anti-pipeline protesters vow to remain on Burnaby Mountain as long as Kinder Morgan is there

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RCMP co-opt sacred fire on Burnaby Mountain

RCMP moving the sacred fire on Burnaby Mountain, Nov 21, 2014.

RCMP moving the sacred fire on Burnaby Mountain, Nov 21, 2014.Original title: RCMP help keep sacred fire burning on Burnaby Mountain

Note: Cops love co-opting Native culture and spirituality as part of their repression of Indigenous resistance, and they often find willing and naive accomplices from within Native communities to do this…

Officers working with elders to bring in firewood

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Kinder Morgan’s Western Canada Pipeline Plans Hit A Mountain Of Opposition

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate - photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

By Julie Gordon, Huffington Post/Reuters, Oct 21, 2014

VANCOUVER, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country’s controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ C$5.4 billion ($4.8 billion) Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60-year-old line running from the oil-rich province of Alberta to the coastal city of Vancouver, tripling its capacity.

The pipeline expansion had been seen as sure bet because it uses an existing route. But a surge in municipal opposition in recent months has fueled industry worries that it will enter legal and regulatory limbo along with the unbuilt TransCanada Corp Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc Northern Gateway pipelines.

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Coast Salish Unite to Protect Salish Sea

Oil tanker lurking in Burrard Inlet, where the Chevron refinery is located. Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline terminates here and oil is loaded onto tankers.

Oil tanker lurking in Burrard Inlet, where the Chevron refinery is located. Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline terminates here and oil is loaded onto tankers.

Tribal chairmen issue statement against Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline expansion

Indian Country Today, Feb 17, 2014

The Lummi, Swinomish, Suquamish and Tulalip tribes of Washington, and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations in British Columbia stand together to protect the Salish Sea. Our Coast Salish governments will not sit idle while Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain Pipeline, and other energy-expansion and export projects, pose a threat to the environmental integrity of our sacred homelands and waters, our treaty and aboriginal rights, and our cultures and life ways. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan files formal application for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

by Yolande Cole, The Georgia Straight, Dec 16, 2013

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

Kinder Morgan has filed an application with the National Energy Board for its proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to B.C.

According to a statement issued by the company today (December 16), the formal application is over 15,000 pages and up to two metres in height when printed. The proposal would see Kinder Morgan nearly triple its capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. Read the rest of this entry