Indigenous Leader to Trudeau: We Will Block This PipelineTweet
Indigenous leader reminds federal government that Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project still does not have their consent
15 April 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) — Responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today that the federal government is in financial talks with Kinder Morgan to finance the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project, Protect the Inlet leader and Watch House guardian Will George reiterated firm opposition to the project. Over the past month thousands have participated in ceremony and blockades at the Kinder Morgan facility and today Will George reiterated that they will continue until the project is stopped.
Will George, Watch House guardian and project leader, said, “The Prime Minister is saying they are in negotiations with Kinder Morgan to ensure an end to uncertainty. What he is ignoring is that we are the uncertainty. We will not be bought and we will block this pipeline.”
Indigenous leaders have pledged to continue to take action in the coming weeks until the tar sands project is permanently cancelled. About 200 people have been arrested in the past month alone for opposing the pipeline, and thousands of others have promised to do “whatever it takes” to stop the pipeline.
Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project includes the Province of British Columbia, the state of Washington, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria and 19 other BC municipalities as well as 250,000 petition signers and more than 24,000 who have pledged to do “whatever it takes” to stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. The BC Supreme Court and Canadian Federal Court of Appeals have yet to rule on First Nation lawsuits that could still quash the project, with verdicts expected late spring.
Media Availability: Today from 1PM – 3PM, Will George will be available for interviews at the Watch House on Burnaby Mountain. The Watch House is located at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/BZy62HhPos92
Tegan Hansen – 250-354-3302