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Land defender and RCMP in standoff over Trans Mountain Pipeline

Tina House
The trailer is known as Camp Cloud – a makeshift surveillance post set up by land defenders trying to stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The camp has been set up for about two months with no incident until Tuesday night when police tried to remove the trailer according to land defender, Yuni Urchin.

Urchin climbed up on the roof of the trailer to stop police from moving it at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, B.C.

“Just wanna show you there are two police here, hiding here, sneaking behind my back trying to get up here,” said Urchin on Facebook Tuesday night.

When APTN arrived to Camp Cloud Wednesday the RCMP were still on the scene but there had been no arrests.

As for Urchin, she spent the night on the roof of the trailer and said she wasn’t going anywhere.

A tow truck was hooked up to the trailer ready to haul it away but couldn’t because Urchin was on the roof.

The federal government approved Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in late 2016, allowing the company to add a second pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.

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29 Responses to “Land defender and RCMP in standoff over Trans Mountain Pipeline”

    Chelsey January 16, 2018 at 3:44 am #

    Water is life. Thank you Camp Cloud for protecting the next generations to come.. We will always support!!

    A January 11, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

    Community support and mutual aid let land defenders live and able to do front line WORK to protect our enviroment, treaties, ect. What they are doing is WORK. It’s a FULL TIME JOB. The community that they are apart of and contribute to keep us/them warm and fed. The community with the same goals take care of each other. They are doing work not everyone in the revolution can be apart of. But everyone helps out in ways they can. That’s how a community lives. Also it’s a lie, you cannot clean up an oil spill. With every pipeline there is always gonna be a spill somewhere effecting the eco-system wherever it touches. And it will be forever damaged.

      ELDER(L) January 12, 2018 at 2:57 am #

      The defenders of sacred lands are brave,honest and loyal to mother earth and need respect ,because we have , them at sission mine project ,look it up,

    Ron January 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

    Doesn’t matters wath job you do you still need fuel operate..

      AGE A January 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      Stay in school or return, maybe try reading a book…once you learn the basics it will get easier as long as you practice…

    Ben January 11, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Pull her down by force and throw her in jail!! This activism crap in Canada has to stop this country in not a park. People need to work companies need to get their product to market. Oil and gas is used every single day and makes all of our lives comfortable but most people on the coast of B.C. take that for granted. Such a shame. Don’t these people have jobs to go to?? How can they afford to protest and live at the same time?? Government handouts?? Welfare?? Funded by out of country influences??

      James January 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      These people are defending their land and water, asshole. This oil, or diluted bitumen in reality, is headed to places other then Canada. Your tin-foil hat conspiracy theories are hollow and baseless, these people put their bodies on the line for the good of the planet. It’s none of your concern how they can “afford” to take time out of their life to engage in peaceful acts of resistance. When your drinking water is poisoned by the toxic mix of chemicals they mix the bitumen with, you’ll be asking yourself, “how could we afford not to protect our water”? You can’t live without clean water. Wake up.

        Christine January 12, 2018 at 12:03 am #

        Well said James. My sentiments entirely !

        lezlie Russell January 12, 2018 at 2:25 am #


        Karen January 12, 2018 at 10:28 am #

        True, Thanks James

        Vivienne Crawford January 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        Thank you James you are absolutely correct. Their ignorance is bliss.

        Jeff Beck January 14, 2018 at 6:45 am #

        You hit the nail on the head James

      Robin January 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

      You are the one who should be arrested… This woman is trying to help save not only BC but in reality, the planet…

      Nancy McBride January 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      The world has to change. If you don’t like it, too bad. The environment is screaming at us to do something, but others like you, don’t like to be inconvenienced. You can continue to be herded like sheep, or do something to save humanity from the wall it is careening itself into.

      Kaylee January 11, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

      Ben, what a shame that you think “living” is defined by the industrialized culture humanity has devolved into. Modern culture is a sick abstraction from Reality; Reality being the forces and cycles of Life itself. Long after humanity is gone, Reality will persist, in the fundamental elements of Life, and I can guarantee those fundamentals will have nothing to do with jobs, governments or any of the other petty human conceptions you seem hung up on.
      Believe it or not, humans have lived rich, meaningful, complex, lives for thousands of years pre-industrialization. Believe it or not, it is possible to live a comfortable life without such a gross dependence on oil. You have fallen prey to the oil industry’s propaganda. Your ignorance is not only astounding, it’s insulting. I suggest you educate yourself on the myriad cultures that exist outside of the industrialized oil bubble you live in.
      A good place to start is the documentary “PUMP”.

      marc January 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      Your off base there pal. This country made a commitment at the Paris climate talks . The expension of the tar sands means we will not meet our commitments and therfore will have to pay a huge carbon tax therfore subsidizing the oil industry. F*ck the jobs we are killing the planet. Try to wake up and smell reality will ya. Are you loving the extreme weather we have been getting? Don’t you want a future for your children?

      Nicole Gladu January 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

      Why not get a different type of job? One that doesn’t kill wildlife??

      Anne Peterson January 11, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

      The spill at Bella Bella was never cleaned up. It destroyed two rich clam beds. Govt. of BC had contracted with a private company to do clean ups but they never turned up-. So much for world class spill response. The Salish sea and the west coast of BC are rich in all kinds of sea food. Members of my family make their living fishing there. Others are in the tourism industry there. They deserve to have their jobs just as much as you. What are you going to eat when all the sea food is gone.

      JT January 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      Clearly u don’t have a clue how much of an impact on this earth the oil industry has on it and your shallow view of employment. Go be a doctor, go build eco homes, or something that improves quality of life instead of further relying on corporate industry that clearly has no conscience….It’s a choice to work in the oil industry, not a right.

      John Morgan January 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

      You don’t show anything but racism. Don’t even have the balls to put your last name. First Nation people have rights. Go back where you came from loser.

      Steve January 12, 2018 at 6:00 am #

      Live in Alberta do you Ben?
      Us people on the coast–shame on us for not wanting oil all over the place

      Dave Tremblay January 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

      Well said Ben,
      They are a bunch of low life’s that we the working people have to pay them their monthly cheq one way or another

        Pammy January 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        My hubby works like a slave for the oil industry he is going to train to become a cree teacher how bout that! MEWASIN

        Jeff Beck January 14, 2018 at 6:52 am #

        People like you are what’s wrong with society today

      Johnny January 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      She has foresight which is far beyond your micro-brain

      Pammy January 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

      Get real who gets the jobs here certainly no aboriginals they would prefer hiring cheap labour from immigrants who is benefiting its enough ripping Canadian native land apart your right this is no dam playground for bulldozers officers reservation land is over populated and we gotta sit back crammed like sardines while we watch our land get ripped apart for corporate greed! No in a on the reserves GET IT

      F January 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

      It’s called saving money!
      Try it!
      Get an education!
      This lesson was free!
      If you have no money or work!
      That’s your governments fault

      Joel January 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

      Force is the same as taking over someone’s rights wonder if your a trump supporter lmao

      scotty January 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      always expect these racial comments and way of thinking from colonial settler immigrants, I hear people like you and just can’t help shaking my head, it is people like you that make it hard for everyone, you are a cog in a large problem, and as much as I want to throw your own words back at you, I won’t, you and people like you are just not worth it, have a good day.