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Mounting opposition to proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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,’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.

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10 Responses to “Mounting opposition to proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion”

    chris soda May 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    We’re talking about abrogating a signed, done deal, for no other reason than partisan politics. We’re talking about the BC premier talking out of both sides of his mouth: publicly chastizing the pipeline on one hand, and looking for ways to invest in it with the other.

    And we Canadians wonder why direct foreign investment into our country is down?

    D. Trollope May 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    I agree oil needs to be left in the ground. Northern Ontario is going have to careful with Ford being bent on developing the Ring of Fire. He is far too eager to make money off the north and Indigenous People I hope will speak up to save the natural life and forest. Jobs should never compromise Nature. Nature gives life.
    Humans cannot fix what we destroy in Nature. Work should give life and not take from it, so next generations have a chance. They cannot put back what we take for granted.
    We all breathe the same air as it travels the globe. Volcanos are exacting a price on air quality where they are erupting, but also around the world. Let learn to live with Nature, rather than supress her, or take advantage of her.

    And maybe, we’ll learn to do the same with each other.
    If we get back to a more natural way of eating, and more balance we could
    make peaceable ways to live with each other on this planet. It is about all of us, not just bits and pieces, but the whole Creation.

    Jim May 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

    Great work all who are committed to keeping this oil in the ground!
    Jim from Kingston Ontario

    Jeff May 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

    Why do we need a pipeline? So we can ship the oil to a foreign country and buy it back at an increased mark up after refining? OMG people wake the hell up here. We should refine our own oil, support CANADIAN needs first, stop selling our resources at rock bottom prices so it can be sold back to us at a mark up… and the USA laughs at us for it…. Is this what Canada has become.
    I say build refineries here, create jobs and look after CANADA first. Because the potential of disaster far outweighs the “good” that will come from it.

    Jim May 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

    Why are Indigenous anti pipeline protesters so determined to bite the hand that helps feed them?

      Darryl May 10, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      What do you mean feeds them?

      Clifford Tolmie May 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Produce a bill of sale re Royal Proclamation 1763, precluded of all ‘reserved lands’ west of the Appalachians, to wit, Alberta, et al., especially ‘Indian Country’, to validate your comment, and your ownership, if at all.

    Not antipipeline May 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    The people around Vancouver are not anti-pipeline to punish Alberta but do not want increased oiltankers in harbour and coast. Personally I don’t want any more burning of fossil fuels.

    Janice Nepoose May 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m a Samson Band member yet I live off reserve. These pipelines will not go through. I saw it in a dream a 3 headed snake got killed. Believe me or not.

    Jared May 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Love how this article left out the 4 polls showing that the majority of British Columbians actually support the pipeline and further to that the additional poll showing even more British Columbians are angry regarding how the NDP are handling the issue and have the feeling that BC is on the “wrong track”. But hey, when you’re funded by Tides and you probably don’t want to put that information out there for everyone to see.