Hundreds of climate activists gathered around the Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby on land and on the water.

The protest was part of a world wide-event called "Break Free" which included actions against fossil fuel projects in 12 countries.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace and was among those who marched to Kinder Morgan's Bunaby terminal on Saturday.

"We're sending a message to Prime Minister Trudeau that we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, that we need to continue to transition to renewable energy sources," she said.

Kinder Morgan protesters chanting

Protesters at the event in Burnaby chanted, "leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground," in opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline. (CBC)

Kinder Morgan protest kayaks

Protest kayaks at a rally in Burnaby as part of a world-wide anti-fossil fuel movement. (CBC)

Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Derek Nepinak with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs attended the rally in Burnaby on May 14, 2016. "I stand with each and every one of these souls out here that is resisting pipeline expansion." (CBC)

Kinder Morgan Kayakactivists

Climate change activists paddled through Burrard Inlet to protest in the water in front of Kinder Morgan's terminal in Burnaby. (CBC)

Kinder Morgan Protest sail boat

Dozens of boats, including this sail boat, took part in the protest against Kinder Morgan in Burrard Inlet on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (CBC)

Meanwhile in a statement Trans Mountain says it, "understands and appreciates that there are a variety of opinions about our proposed expansion project and we respect the right to peacefully demonstrate and express those views.

"There were no interruptions to safe operations as a result of [Saturday's] demonstrators."

The federal government is expected to announce its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline in December.

Meanwhile on Saturday other protesters joined Green MP Elizabeth May at another "Break Free" event at O'Siyam Pavilion Park, in Squamish.

They were protesting the Woodfibre LNG project which has cleared a federal environmental review, subject to conditions.


  • A prior version of this story said that the federal government is expected to announce its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline in August. In fact, the government has extended its time frame by four months and will now announce its decision in December.
    May 15, 2016 12:37 PM PT