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Kinder Morgan crews blocked by citizens on Burnaby Mountain (VIDEO)

18-year-old also pins himself under a Kinder Morgan vehicle in opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion pipeline

George Khossi under Kinder Morgan jeep on Burnaby Mountain - Mychaylo Prystupa
Kinder Morgan crews met by angry citizens Burnaby Mountain - Mychaylo Prystupa
(first) 18-year-old George Khossi pins himself under a Kinder Morgan jeep on Burnaby Mountain in protest of pipeline test drill work on Wednesday; (second) Kinder Morgan survey crews were met by citizens deep inside the conservation forest. Photos by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Kinder Morgan crews were met by a group of citizens that blocked the company from conducting its oil pipeline survey work on Burnaby Mountain Wednesday morning.  One teenager even pinned himself under a company jeep.

The drama began around 10am at a staging area where dozens of citizens have been gathered for days.  Suddenly, the word went out: Kinder Morgan crews were advancing into the woods.  

“Kinder Morgan is at bore hole one!” yelled SFU professor, Stephen Collis.

“Kinder Morgan is at bore hole one!”

Instantly, a mad dash of citizens, journalists and filmmakers ran several minutes into the Conservation forest to intersect with the company crews.  

“You’re access is not acknowledged!” yelled a protester to the crews.

“You have no right to be here!” said another.  “Canada doesn’t want your dirty oil money!"

“[expletive] off back to Texas!  [expletive] off back to Texas!” yelled more.

Kinder Morgan crews met by citizens in Burnaby Mountain - Mychaylo Prystupa

Kinder Morgan crews met by citizens deep inside the conservation forest on Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday - Mychaylo Prystupa

Kinder Morgan crews on the mountain had their cameras too, filming the protesters, as well as a crew leader handing out a company statement, which read that the company is doing survey work permitted by the National Energy Board.

The Texas-based pipeline giant is seeking to do geotechnical drill studies for a possible underground tunnel for the last leg of its proposed Edmonton-to-Burnaby bitumen oil pipeline.  

Citizens said they were opposed to the removal of trees in a conservation zone, and had general worries about oil sands expansion, pipeline and tanker spills, local ecosystem impacts, and the worsening of climate change.

Also long opposing the pipeline has been the City of Burnaby, including Mayor Derek Corrigan, which has tried legal means to stop the company.  But last week, the NEB granted the company access to the mountain, provided it give 48 hours notice.

But Wednesday, citizens appeared to have stopped the crews - for now.

“At some locations, our crews were obstructed and have left for the day," said Greg Toth, Senior Project Director, Trans Mountain Expansion Project in an e-mail.

"We’re considering our next steps to ensure we complete the studies required to support our Application," he added. 

As the crews exited the mountain forest onto a leafy residential street, they were met by another obstruction.

An 18-year-old pinned himself under a Kinder Morgan jeep with an Alberta licence plate.

George Khossi under Kinder Morgan jeep on Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday - Youtube video by Mychaylo Prystupa

“I am chaining myself to a Kinder Morgan affiliated vehicle,” said George Khossi, to an array of journalists, as he lay motionless under the vehicle.  He remarked coyly:

“I’m enjoying the mass media, [its] censorship, [the] genocide, and the invasion of unceded Coast Salish territory.”

Khossi said oil was destroying the earth, and added he would stay under jeep for “as long it takes.”

RCMP said Wednesday afternoon they had not made any arrests.

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