WATCH: A well known environmental activist has joined protesters on Burnaby Mountain in their fight against Kinder Morgan. Rumina Daya reports.
BURNABY – A group of activists who were part of the Clayoquot Sound anti-logging protests in British Columbia in the early 1990s have been arrested at an anti-pipeline demonstration near Vancouver.
Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline have become the focus for anti-pipeline protests, and about 100 people have now been arrested since last week for violating a court injunction.
That total now includes several activists from the so-called War in Woods in Clayoquot Sound in 1993, when more than 800 people were arrested during an anti-logging blockade.
Valerie Langer, who was an organizer with Friends of Clayoquot Sound at the time, says the Kinder Morgan survey work has become a breaking point for pipeline opponents, who feel they have been failed by regulators and the courts.
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Langer, who now works for ForestEthics Solutions, which is connected to the U.S.-based group ForestEthics, says pipeline opponents are resorting to civil disobedience because they feel they have no other option.
Langer and her fellow activists walked across a line of police tape and were carried off by RCMP officers as a choir sang.