British Columbia·TOP STORIES 2014

Kinder Morgan protests take over Burnaby Mountain, B.C.

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion defied a court injunction and risked arrest in November to protest survey work on Burnaby Mountain.

Opponents of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion defied a court injunction and risked arrest

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Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion defied a court injunction and risked arrest in November to protest survey work the pipeline company was undertaking on Burnaby Mountain.

More than 100 people were arrested, including Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Philip, David Suzuki's grandson, Tamo Campos and Simon Fraser University scientist Lynne Quarmby.

In August, the National Energy Board ruled Kinder Morgan could conduct survey work on the mountain to explore an alternate route for the pipeline project. The City of Burnaby is challenging that decision in B.C.'s Court of Appeal.

Kinder Morgan is proposing to reroute parts of the expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline though Burnaby and other parts of Metro Vancouver. (CBC )

The ruling prompted protesters to take to the mountain and on Nov. 14, Kinder Morgan was granted an injunction against the demonstrators, who had been blocking crews from doing work in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.

However, on Nov. 27, an application by Kinder Morgan to extend the injunction was declined in B.C. Supreme Court, and the judge threw out all civil contempt charges against those arrested.

Kinder Morgan was conducting the survey work as part of its proposal to reroute its existing Trans Mountain pipeline and triple its capacity to move crude oil and other petroleum products from Alberta to Burrard Inlet.

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