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Pro and anti-Trans Mountain pipeline protesters clash in Calgary

Pro and anti-Trans Mountain pipeline protesters clash in Calgary
WATCH: Hundreds of people faced off on the streets of Calgary Friday. It was part of a day of action across the country against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Jill Croteau reports.

Six people were arrested on Friday as pro and anti-pipeline protesters clashed at a couple of locations across the city.

Calgary police arrested one person for trespassing at Liberal MP Kent Hehr’s office, and another five were arrested at the rally outside the Kinder Morgan Canada Calgary offices.

Early Friday morning, five protesters from Climate Justice Edmonton zip-tied themselves to the reception doors of Kinder Morgan Canada’s Calgary offices on the 27th floor of the tower.

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A number of police officers were on scene Friday morning and into the early afternoon.

All six of the protesters were charged with trespassing and then released, Calgary police said.

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The protesters were chanting in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“We’re here to disrupt business as usual and call for a halt of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline,” said Hannah Gelderman with Climate Justice Edmonton.

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“We have been trying to get our message across in lots of different ways and many people are using so many tactics to get the message across and this is certainly one of them.”

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The protest coincides with events at the offices of 44 MPs across Canada, also in opposition to the pipeline. Protests in Burnaby, B.C. took place earlier this week.

More than 300 people gathered outside of Liberal MP Kent Hehr’s Calgary office, with many of them in support of the project. They held signs that read: “The world needs more Canadian energy,” “Canadian LNG is good for the global economy” and “Canada produces fair trade oil and gas.”

About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tom Reynolds, Global News
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tom Reynolds, Global News
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tom Reynolds, Global News
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tom Reynolds, Global News
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
About 300 gathered outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Calgary office on Friday, March 23, 2018, protesting both for and against the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tom Reynolds, Global News

The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government.

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Despite the approval, those with Climate Justice Edmonton said the pipeline is not in the best interest of all Canadians.

“At a time when we need to see bold climate action, continually investing in fossil fuels and infrastructure is not in our best interests,” Gelderman said.

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The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby, B.C.

With a file from The Canadian Press.