Simon Fraser University professors receive award for pipeline battle

Pipeline in BC (credit: CP).

VANCOUVER — Two professors at Simon Fraser University will be honoured for their work fighting oil pipelines.

The university has announced Stephen Collis and Lynne Quarmby are the 2015 recipients of SFU's Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.

Collis, a professor in the English department and Quarmby, a professor in Molecular Biology and Chemistry, will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Vancouver next Tuesday.

The two were among five people named by Kinder Morgan in a civil suit after protesters were arrested at Burnaby Mountain last fall against the company's exploratory work for its Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.

Kinder Morgan has now dropped the suit and Collis has said it's proof the protests forced the company to change its approach.

He says it's a great honour to receive the award because it recognizes the importance of public actions.

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