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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

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The Mounties added that they had not been contacted by Kinder Morgan to intervene on their behalf and were there to keep the peace.

Leading much of the opposition has been the citizens’ group called BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion), which erected a tent, and a staging area for citizens to gather.  

SFU professor Stephen Collis on Burnaby Mountain opposing Kinder Morgan - Mychay

SFU professor Stephen Collis on Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday - Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa

The group's spokesperson Stephen Collis said this about the young man’s action under the jeep:

“He’s reacting to a very volatile situation.  Kinder Morgan tried to force their way into the clearing, where people are holding the space.

“People are trying to do what is necessary to try and prevent this massive pipeline from being built on the mountain.”

He added, at the moment, there’s no court order preventing anyone from being on the mountain where the company wishes to do its geotechnical work.

BROKE said it had a phone tree of 100 people who were rotating through the camp to continue to monitor the company's activity and oppose the project.

The $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline would triple the flow of an existing pipeline to load more than 400 super tankers per year out of the Port of Vancouver.

The Mayor's office said recently that the City of Burnaby will continue its legal challenge against the pipeline project in a federal court.

More updates to come.

Kinder Morgan worker films protester on Burnaby Mountain - Photo by Mychaylo Pry

Kinder Morgan crew member films a protester on Burnaby Mountain - Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa
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