SFU scientist worries she'll lose home, over Kinder Morgan lawsuit (VIDEO)
"If there’s no freedom of speech in Canada, and we continue accelerating climate change...then what’s the value of my home?” biochemist Lynne Quarmby said.
Burnaby Mountain protesters reacting to Kinder Morgan injunction on Friday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
“The third [thing] that I did was I protested in public park," continued Quarmby.
"So would I do those things again? Of course I would do those things again! If I would not do those things again, I would be giving up my freedom of speech."
"I am not going to let Kinder Morgan take away my freedom of speech in this country.”
Will protesters risk jail?
Pipeline opponents now have some serious soul searching to do this weekend, said SFU professor Stephen Collis, about how far they want to take their enviro battle.
"On Monday, people have to make individual and collective decisions about what they want to do," said Collis, who was also hit with the injunction.
"Do people want to comply with the order, or disobey it and commit civil disobedience on their moral grounds opposing the project?"
"And on the grounds of their willingness to go that far - to go to jail to stop this," he added.
Kinder Morgan crew member videotapes Christopher Life in a citizen-company clash in late October. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
23-year-old Christopher Life, who was photographed verbally clashing with Kinder Morgan crews on the mountain's conservation forest in late October, said he will not break the law.
"I personally won't break the law, because I'd like to keep on the fight, and you cannot do that from jail."
"I think I'm going to go about this politically, to get the right people in office," said Life on Friday.
The pipeline company's Canadian president said he worries the Burnaby Mountain situation could spiral into a Clayoquot-Sound-type conflict - a logging protest on Vancouver Island in the 1990s that resulted in 800 arrests.
“I most definitely have those thoughts," said Ian Anderson on Wednesday.
"These are interesting difficult times we’re in. We know the public voices that are present… We are listening to the voices of opposition, and the voices of supporters as well,” he added.
Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen said the company would face "irreparable harm" if protesters were not stopped. Kinder Morgan said in court last week it would lose $80 million for every month the project is delayed.
The project has to be reviewed by the National Energy Board.
The City of Burnaby has vowed to stop the project. Using the courts, the municipality is seeking to reverse the NEB's legal order allowing the company to set aside conservation bylaws that the city says Kinder Morgan is breaking.
Mayor Derek Corrigan thanked citizens for their "courage" in standing up to the company, but he said they should have patience.
"My advice is very clear and very firm. Don't break the law."
He said the city's legal battle against Kinder Morgan is only heating up.
Burnaby is seeking to appeal a BC Supreme Court ruling that favoured the pipeline on Wednesday. A battle in federal court follows.