UPDATE: Notice to the public:
On April 15 the City of Burnaby will be holding a public information event to discuss:
· Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Proposal
· The City of Burnaby’s Plan to Intervene in the National Energy Board hearings that will review Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion Project
· How Burnaby citizens and businesses can get involved
Date: April 15
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Westridge Elementary School
510 Duncan Avenue
Hundreds of people turned out at a rally in Burnaby on Saturday to protest the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.
The ‘Burnaby Resident Opposing Pipeline Expansion’ or ‘BROKE’ as the group is known, is upping the fight against Kinder Morgan’s plans.
The group says it is trying to alert as many people as possible in the community about the hazards of the pipeline proposal.
They marched from Forest Grove Park through the streets to the Kinder Morgan plant, carrying banners and signs. There was also music and speeches.
“I don’t want them to expand the second pipeline in here because the first one was bad enough,” said one participant.
“Honestly, it’s every single thing. I think the thing that I’m most upset about is that these massive energy companies could have been developing clean technology, but they don’t, they’re sticking with the old dinosaur practices, just continuing to use the same tired things that aren’t working and polluting the environment.”
“Start doing something amazing with the energy production.”
Another participant said he attended to protect the oceans, streams, animals and to speak for future generations.
“There’s already been thousands of oil spills all over the world,” he said. “There’s no reason why it can’t happen here. If it does it will destroy the coast for hundreds of years to come.”
A spokesperson for the Kinder Morgan expansion project said in an email to Global News that the company respects the group’s right to peacefully protest.
“We understand and appreciate there are a variety of views about our proposed project and respect the right to peacefully protest. For almost two years we’ve been engaging with Aboriginal communities, landowners and stakeholders. We listened to diverse groups and considered their feedback in our Application to the National Energy Board. Trans Mountain’s work will continue as will the opportunities for continued dialogue, as the project moves toward a public hearing in the months ahead,” the statement said.