10/29/2014 16:46 EDT | Updated 12/29/2014 05:59 EST

Burnaby Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline protester chains himself under vehicle

A protester chained himself under a vehicle on B.C.'s Burnaby Mountain Thursday, at a demonstration against the controversial proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The incident happened at a protest camp next to a proposed bore hole, where the company is conducting survey work in anticipation of expanding its Trans Mountain Pipeline.

At the time of writing, police were trying to convince the unidentified man to leave, while other protesters had headed for a clearing where they believed Kinder Morgan employees were working.

The move follows an announcement Wednesday by the City of Burnaby that it plans to appeal a National Energy Board decision granting the energy giant access to the municipal conservation area.

The city has tried in recent months to block the company from conducting survey work in the area on Burnaby Mountain.

But the energy board ruled last week that Burnaby can't stop the company's activities because the geotechnical work is needed by the board, so it can make recommendations to the federal government about whether the project should proceed.

The board's order forbids the City of Burnaby from undertaking any bylaw enforcement. It also says Kinder Morgan must give the city written notice of work 48 hours in advance and must remediate any damage.

It is the first time the National Energy Board has ever issued an order to a municipality.

Burnaby and Kinder Morgan have been locked in battle over the $5.4-billion pipeline expansion, with both sides filing duelling legal actions in court and applications with the National Energy Board.

The expansion would almost triple the capacity of the existing pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast to about 900,000 barrels of crude a day.

Google Map: Burnaby Mountain, B.C.