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Zainab Calcuttawala

Zainab Calcuttawala

Zainab Calcuttawala is an American journalist based in Morocco. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em) and reports on…

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Faces Another Round Of Protests

Trans Mountain pipeline

The Canadian town of Burnaby will be the site of the latest round of protests against an upgrade of the Trans Mountain pipeline, according to a new report by Al Jazeera.

The demonstration aims to be a showing of “clear opposition” against the project by environmentalists and indigenous groups. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project in 2016, which would triple the capacity of 1,150-km line that takes Alberta’s tar sands to the coast of British Columbia.

"There comes a time in your life when you have to stand for something," said Ta'ah Amy George, an ender of the Tsleil Waututh tribe, which is participating in Saturday’s march. As many as 10,000 people are estimated to join in the demonstration, she said.

"Our ancestors protected this inlet and this little piece of land that we got left with,” George said. “They protected it for us … We're thinking of our [next] generations: my children and grandchildren and I have great-grandchildren."

The tribe alleges that the likelihood of a spill in the inlet that the Tseil Wauhtuth occupy is high because of future tanker activity on British Columbia’s coast that will be boosted by the project. "It's not if there's a [spill], but when there's a [spill]," George said.

Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based company that is building the project, affirmed Canadian citizens’ civic right to oppose projects, but argued that the project was designed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

"We support the right to peacefully and lawfully express opinions and views about our project and we understand that not everyone supports the expansion," a Trans Mountain spokesperson told Al Jazeera in an email.

"We're confident we can build and operate this project in a way that respects the values and priorities of Canadians and in respect of the environment."

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

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  • S on March 12 2018 said:
    Previous comments are exactly right, these are the equivalent of anti-vaxxers. Well intentioned but uninformed. The federal government should move toward education and help direct these protesters energy in places that can actually make a positive impact on the environment.
  • Terry on March 12 2018 said:
    1st off it oil sands not tar sands.
    If BC wants to play this game fine no pipeline. Then we (Alberta) might as well shut the existing flow down and we will see the amount of tanker traffic that will be bringing in all the gasoline desiel and jet fuel into BC to sustain the province. Not to mention maybe we won't allow BC to transport it's natraul gas into Alberta we could and should cripple BC just like they are trying to do to Alberta.
  • Kr55 on March 12 2018 said:
    World is full of know nothing know-it-all's. We'll see if the Canadian government ignores them for the betterment of their country, as they should.
  • Citizen Oil on March 11 2018 said:
    Another useless waste of time by their self serving "environmental" agenda . Just like the Dakota situation, they are wasting their time. This is a federally mandated and approved pipeline and will get built. Why don't these people fight the auto industry and stop the production of SUV's and crossovers ? Stop coal from being burned altogether ? We are still burning coal for crying out loud ! They fight infrastructure because its an easy target and won't get backlash from society. You try to stop a man from buying a Yukon , Escalade, Tahoe or Suburban well then you're going to get backlash. Their efforts are completely misguided and will fail once again . Its like fighting obesity by cutting out daily water consumption. SMH

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