Burnaby RCMP arrested a 19-year-old female protester at a demonstration against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Friday — less than 24 hours after Kinder Morgan was granted a permanent injunction to ban protesters from disrupting work at the Burnaby Mountain and Westbridge Marine terminals.
The incident unfolded just before 8 a.m. — police were called to the area of Forest Grove Drive and Underhill Avenue after it was reported that a protester had chained herself to a work truck, keeping it from moving.
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The protester, who identified herself as “Nimby,” was asked to remove the chains so that the truck could go to work, but she refused.
“It’s a tube that is around my arm, something you may have seen the protestors at Standing Rock using to lock with the machines, ” Nimby said. “I don’t have any use of my hands at all so we’ve got good support of the people helping feed me, hydrate me, keep me warm.”
She was arrested for mischief at 9:30 a.m.
“This morning, we had people physically obstruct both our gates and some equipment en-route to our Burnaby Terminal,” read an email from Trans Mountain. “As always, the safety of the community, workers and our pipeline system is Trans Mountain’s top priority.”
The arrest came after a weekend that drew thousands of people to Burnaby who took a stand against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The latest arrest also marked the sole detainment that was reported by the Burnaby RCMP in connection with pipeline demonstrations this week.
Last week, the Burnaby RCMP arrested six anti-pipeline demonstrators in four days.