The “threat is way too much” say opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
“We’re going to have to make that radical change,” said Kanahus Manuel. “We are standing against great odds facing against Canada and Kinder Morgan but we’re willing to take that risk.”
The Texas-based energy giant faced numerous many challenges on Wednesday. The company was under fire from major shareholders at a meeting in Houston, where protests were held. Opponents also held demonstrations near Burnaby, British Columbia.
The leader of Tiny House Warriors, Manuel, 350.org’s Clayton Thomas Muller and Stephen Buffalo of the Indian Resource Council joined host Dennis Ward to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed expansion.
There is vocal opposition to the proposed expansion but not all First Nations are opposed. Stephen Buffalo said there’s a lot of socio economic problems in communities and wondered where else funding could come from.
“In our communities that produce oil and gas, that’s what we do, we subsidize that lack of funding to try to tackle those problems,” he said.
Some leaders have said pipelines are a safer way than rail to transport oil but Thomas-Muller feels that is nothing more than “industry propaganda.”
“I have yet to hear a politician or train company or pipeline company say that if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain is built that they won’t transport oil by rail,” he said.