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Hundreds opposed to Trans Mountain pipeline rally at Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby

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

Paddlers take to waters of Burrard inlet in protest, others raise signs, chant from land

Hundreds of people gathered at Kinder Morgan's Burnaby terminal on May 14, 2016 as part of a world-wide event asking countries to "break-free" of fossil fuels. (CBC)

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.

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)
Protest kayaks at a rally in Burnaby as part of a world-wide anti-fossil fuel movement. (CBC)
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)
Climate change activists paddled through Burrard Inlet to protest in the water in front of Kinder Morgan's terminal in Burnaby. (CBC)
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.

Corrections

  • 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