More Kinder Morgan protesters arrested on Burnaby Mountain
RCMP say a total of 34 people have been arrested and charged with civil contempt since Thursday
Burnaby RCMP say a total of 34 anti-pipeline protesters have been arrested and charged with civil contempt since police began arresting people Thursday morning for defying a court injunction to stay clear of Kinder Morgan's work site.
Twenty-six people were arrested Thursday and eight today.
Among those arrested Friday were environmental activist David Suzuki's grandson Tamo Campos and Simon Fraser University scientist Lynne Quarmby.
The protesters vowed to continue their fight to block geo-technical survey work by Kinder Morgan, even after their arrests. First Nations and environmental groups held a morning news conference to announce their continued defiance.
Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Maj. John Buis said all but five of the protesters that were arrested have been released, All have been charged with civil contempt of court. The five people who remain in custody were to make court appearances today.
Kinder Morgan is proposing to bore a tunnel under the mountain for the rerouting and expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline.
The company obtained a court injunction last Friday to have protesters removed from the site, but police did not step in to enforce it until Thursday morning.
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Drilling equipment arrives
Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan spent the night moving heavy equipment to its work site on Burnaby Mountain, as police continued to block public vehicle access to the area at the bottom of Centennial Way.
Representatives of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project say the courts have ruled their crews have the right to conduct geotechnical survey work on the mountain, and they intend to proceed.
"The remaining studies are an important part of providing detailed design input into what we consider is the best and least disruptive route through Burnaby. Trans Mountain is committed to completing the work," the company said in a statement on Thursday.
"The studies require drilling two six-inch test holes, approximately 250 metres in depth, in order to take core samples at two locations on Burnaby Mountain. When the studies are undertaken, Trans Mountain is committed to minimizing any impacts and restoring, or compensating, for any disturbance to Burnaby Mountain."
Arrests began Thursday
Yesterday police started arresting protesters shortly after arriving at the site around 8 a.m. PT to enforce an injunction allowing Kinder Morgan crews to resume surveying work.
Faith Notheisz was one of the protesters arrested and released yesterday.
"Honestly … I don't feel afraid at all because I know I'm in the right," she said on Thursday after her release.
Fellow protester Jeff Wang, who is originally from Shanghai, questioned why protesters were being arrested in a country that lectures China on human rights.
"This is democracy? It's ridiculous," said Wang.