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Kinder Morgan moves in drilling equipment on Burnaby Mountain

11/21/2014 10:26 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 05:59 EST
Kinder Morgan spent the night moving heavy equipment to its work site on Burnaby Mountain east of Vancouver, after police arrested two dozen people yesterday at a protest camp that had been blocking access to the site. 

Police continue to block public vehicle access to the area at the bottom of Centennial Way, but a handful of protesters remain in the area tending a scared fire that police have allowed to remain.

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Yesterday police started arresting protesters shortly after arriving at the area around 8 a.m. PT to  enforce an injunction allowing Kinder Morgan crews to resume surveying work.

All but 10 of the protesters arrested were released on Thursday. Faith Notheisz was one of the protesters arrested and released.

"Honestly...I...I don't feel afraid at all because I know I'm in the right," she said on Thursday after her release.

Fellow protester Jeff Wang, who is originally from Shanghai questioned why protesters were being arrested in a country that lectures China on human rights.

"This is democracy? It's ridiculous," said Wang.

But representatives of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project say the courts have ruled their crews have the right to conduct geotechnical survey work on the mountain, and they intend to proceed. The company has proposed to bore a tunnel under the conservation area as part of its plan to reroute and expand its existing Trans Mountain pipeline. 

"The remaining studies are an important part of providing detailed design input into what we consider is the best and least disruptive route through Burnaby. Trans Mountain is committed to completing the work," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

"The studies require drilling two six-inch test holes, approximately 250 metres in depth, in order to take core samples at two locations on Burnaby Mountain. When the studies are undertaken, Trans Mountain is committed to minimizing any impacts and restoring, or compensating, for any disturbance to Burnaby Mountain."


    
 

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