The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a huge march against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline yesterday.
The chapter’s banner can be seen in this 2-minute Facebook video.
The Times Colonist reports, “Fuelled by anger and and a belief they had been betrayed, more than 1,000 protesters took to Victoria’s downtown streets Thursday night to demand Ottawa change its tune on Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Banging drums, chanting slogans and carrying signs reading ‘Kinder Morgan weapon of mass combustion’ and ‘No consent, no pipeline’, the protesters made it clear they are ready for battle. Fight and betrayal were common themes in the crowd, which occupied the intersection of Douglas and Fort streets in the shadow of TD Canada Trust and Royal Bank.”
The article adds, “Kinder Morgan is looking to start construction next fall and have the expanded pipeline in service by 2019.”
Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner Daniel Cayley-Daoust is asking our supporters to:
1- Become a Coast Protector. Please consider throwing your support behind the Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ call for Coast Protectors to defend the land against these pipelines. Even if you aren’t on the west coast, there are many ways people across the country can take action and stay plugged into the coming fight. Sign the pledge here.
2- Donate. The Council of Canadians will be doing all we can to support this broad movement of opposition. Your contribution will help us: support legal challenges from frontline Indigenous communities, especially the upcoming lawsuit by the Tsleil-Wauteuth Nation; educate people about the potential impacts to water all along the pipeline route with new materials designed to reach those that might not be engaged in this debate; and ensure people across Canada stay informed and are ready to mobilize in solidarity with frontline water protectors.
Cayley-Daoust adds, “The oil industry’s days are numbered, and the Trudeau government’s lack of vision for a clean energy future is setting us back. But you and I will be there to block these pipelines with our Indigenous allies on the front lines. Thank you so much for taking action. See you on the front lines!”
This 890,000 barrel per day export pipeline, to be built by Texas-based Kinder Morgan, would cross 1309 water courses in Alberta and British Columbia, produce between 20 to 26 megatonnes of carbon pollution a year, and result in about 400 supertankers a year departing from the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.
The Council of Canadians has been opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline since August 2011 by participating in marches, protests and civil disobedience actions, supporting chapter activism, petitions and a court action, writing blogs, and organizing numerous public events and a six-community speaking tour.