Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

BROKE is a group of local residents whose mission is:
• To prevent the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and related infrastructure in Burnaby, and related supertanker traffic, through education, advocacy and partnership;
• To oppose the degradation of our city, our neighbourhoods, and the natural habitat, that an oil pipeline and related industrialization of Burrard Inlet would bring;
• To raise awareness of Burnaby residents about how the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and increased tanker traffic would impact our community and local environment;
• To promote a clean and sustainable energy future.

City of Burnaby Releases Video Detailing Reasons Kinder Morgan Route Should Not be Approved

News Release January 18, 2018

City of Burnaby to Participate in Kinder Morgan Pipeline Route Hearing, January 23-25

City also Releases Video Detailing Reasons Route Should Not be Approved From January 23 to 25, the City of Burnaby will participate in a National Energy Board hearing

regarding the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through Burnaby.

“The federal government approved the pipeline, but they have not approved the route,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “Because of the damage and disruption it would cause to the City and Metro Vancouver’s environment, economy and neighbourhoods – in perpetuity – the City of Burnaby is determined to ensure that this route is never approved.”

For three days at the hearing, the City will demonstrate the significant and unacceptable financial, environmental and social risks inherent to Kinder Morgan’s proposed route through the City’s parks, watercourses and neighbourhoods. The City will also ask the Board to receive further evidence.

To ensure that everyone has access to information about the unacceptable impacts Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline route would have on the environment, economy and people, the City has produced a video that details many of these impacts. The video can be viewed here.

The video features: Mayor Derek Corrigan, Economist Robyn Allan and the City of Burnaby’s Director of Corporate Services, Dipak Dattani, detailing impacts the pipeline would have on the City and region’s economy, environment and citizens; footage of the Kinder Morgan oil spill that coated a north Burnaby neighbourhood with oil and made its way to Burrard Inlet in July 2007*; aerial footage showing where Kinder Morgan is proposing to put its pipeline through parks and neighbourhoods in the City and the planned expansion of its marine terminal in Burrard Inlet, for which Kinder Morgan has already placed a razor wire fence and begun pile driving, damaging the sensitive Burrard Inlet habitat and impacting surrounding residents.

Footage on specific topics can be accessed as follows:

00:49 Lack of Opportunities for Citizen Engagement
03:05 In Burnaby, this is not a Pipeline Twinning. It is an Entirely New Line
05:04 The Proposed Route would have Significant Environmental Impacts
07:45 Footage of 2007 Kinder Morgan Oil Spill in Burnaby
09:15 Alternative Routes were not Appropriately Considered
13:42 The Risks of Having this Pipeline Built through a Densely Populated Area
15:55 The Pipeline will not give the Economic Benefits to Burnaby, British Columbia, or Canada that

Kinder Morgan Promises
17:48 This Pipeline and Route are the Result of a Flawed Review Process
19:55 Aerial View of Approximate Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Route through Burnaby

The Detailed Route Hearing will be held at the Delta Hotel, at 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, from January 22-31 and from March 12-22, with Burnaby scheduled to participate from January 23-25. Additional information about the hearing can be found on the National Energy Board’s website, where a livestreaming link will also be posted during the hearing.

(*footage of Kinder Morgan’s 2007 oil spill in Burnaby provided by Shawn Soucy, Spirit Media.) Video produced by Pure Souls Media

For further information, contact: Office of the Mayor Mayor@burnaby.ca

Oceans suffering pollution and dead zones

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950,

“This is a problem we can solve,” Breitburg said. “Halting climate change requires a global effort, but even local actions can help with nutrient-driven oxygen decline.”


. The analysis, published in the journal Science, is the first comprehensive analysis of the areas and states: “Major extinction events in Earth’s history have been associated with warm climates and oxygen-deficient oceans.” Denise Breitburg, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the US and who led the analysis, said: “Under the current trajectory that is where we would be headed. But the consequences to humans of staying on that trajectory are so dire that it is hard to imagine we would go quite that far down that path.” “This is a problem we can solve,” Breitburg said. “Halting climate change requires a global effort, but even local actions can help with nutrient-driven oxygen decline.” She pointed to recoveries in Chesapeake Bay in the US and the Thames river in the UK, where better farm and sewage practices led to dead zones disappearing. . . .


Indigenous Chiefs enter battleground to atop Kinder Morga pipeline

Jan 1, 2018  Battleground year for Indigenous chiefs  by Jon Manchester

The head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says First Nations are entering a battleground in 2018. In a New Year’s Day statement, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton, president of the UBCIC, says there is a “smoldering, undiminished sense of determination, inspiration and hope” as the group rails against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion….



Kinder Morgan owned pipeline spills hazardous waste

The Berkshire Eagle     By Heather Bellow,   January 3, 2018 

 Markey and Warren want firm action for pipeline’s discharge of ‘hazardous wastewater’ in Agawam by Kinder Morgan owned pipeline company.

A discharge of 16,500 gallons of “hazardous wastewater” from pipeline testing in Agawam has prompted intervention by the two U.S. senators that represent Massachusetts…


Walk 4 the Salish Sea! Fossil Fuel Freedom Fest – Celebrate Resistance!

FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST – Celebrate Resistance! 

The grand finale of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea!

Learn more, donate, register at  www.walk4salishsea.ca
RSVP and share on Facebook HERE

From May 25-28, 2017, a grassroots citizens’ mobilization will rise against Tar Sands, Kinder Morgan and Fossil Fuel Expansion. The Walk 4 the Salish Sea! will depart from Mile “0” in Victoria, B.C (Lekwungen territory) for a 4-day, 75 km march to Ground “0” at the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby (Coast Salish Territory). We Walk in solidarity with indigenous-led opposition to the recent federal & provincial government approval for the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline/tanker expansion, and in protection of the marine environment and surrounding communities from the risks associated with this project.

1) Respect for Indigenous laws and rights;
2) Climate leaders don’t expand fossil fuel infrastructure;
3) Water is life;
4) Leave it in the Ground;

The risks to our rivers, salmon habitat, drinking watersheds, the coast, surrounding communities and local economies from inevitable spills are not acceptable. A massive bitumen spill in the Salish sea or anywhere en route, traversing thousands of salmon and orca supporting habitats from Alberta to the coast of BC, cannot be cleaned up, ever! 

Day 4- SUNDAY MAY 28th

*** Please pack a lunch and a water bottle ***
The final day of the Walk on Sunday May 28 will begin at 9am at Grandview Park (1657 Charles St. @ Commercial, Vancouver MAP) and arrive at Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave., Burnaby MAP) at approximately 1:30pm. 9 am Meet Grandview Park for Ceremony, drumming, short speeches, welcoming of Walkers.

The 10 km/4 hr. Walk leaves 9:30am along Commercial Dr. & E. Hastings and is planned to arrive at the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal – səlil̓wətaʔɬ /Tsleil-Waututh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum First Nations territory – at approximately 2pm for a large convergence of diverse communities seeking social and environmental justice for First Nations, the land, the ocean, climate and the coast.

 This will be followed by a “Fossil Fuel Freedom Fest – Celebrate Resistance at near-by Westridge Park from approximately 2:30-5pm.
Join spots:
  • 11:30am: East Hastings St. @ Ingleton Ave., Burnaby MAP
  • 12:45pm: East Hastings St. @ Holdom Ave, Burnaby (Capitol Hill Elementary School) MAP
  • 1:30pm: Westridge Park, Burnaby MAP
1:30 – 2:30pm: The Walk will proceed to the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal for drumming, decoration of the gates and symbolic blockade 
2:30 – 5pm FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST: Celebrate Resistance!! Westridge Park(320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST! at Westridge Park –  
Includes infotables, music/dancing, kid’s activities, Indigenous rights, climate justice, Kinder Morgan pipeline and mass non-violent direct action teach-in.

Speakers / Music to include:
– co-MC’s: Audrey Siegl & Stephen Collis
– Coast Salish welcome – Cedar George-Parker, Tsleil-Waututh FN
– Grand Chief Stewart & Joan Phillip, UBCIC
– Slam Poets
– Brandon Gabriel & Kachina Bige, Kwantlen First Nation
– Music by Luke Wallace, Emily Kelsall, The Racket, Buckman Coe & other awesome people!
– Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc First Nation
– Chief Lee Spahan, Coldwater FN
– Elizabeth May MP Saanich-Gulf Islands
– Briony Penn (Orca Soundings)
– Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
– Kennedy Stewart MP-Burnaby South
– Bobby Arbess, SEA (Social Environmental Alliance)


Premier Clark in conflict of interest over Trans Mountain pipeline approval, $560 000 in political donations to BC Liberals from Kinder Morgan and shippers interested in using the pipeline

The decision by the government of British Columbia to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline is “tainted” because of a conflict of interest that saw the premier and her political party receive more than $560,000 from the project’s proponents, a court petition alleges.
Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network filed legal documents Tuesday asking the B.C. Supreme Court to overturn an environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year for Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion oil pipeline project.
The petition is the latest in a string of legal challenges aimed at blocking construction of the pipeline between the Edmonton area and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion would nearly triple the line’s capacity and increase tanker traffic sevenfold along B.C.’s southern coast.
The petition says based on data from Elections B.C., $560,000 in political donations were made over six years to B.C.’s Liberal party by Kinder Morgan and various oil shippers interested in using the pipeline.
The pipeline approval is “tainted by money,” the petition says.
“A reasonable, informed and thoughtful person, after thinking about it for a while, would think that the premier and the ministers would have at least been unconsciously affected by more than $560,000 in payments to the Liberal Party of British Columbia,” it says.
These allegations are now before the court.

January 212017 Musical evening with BROKE

Dennis Lakusta,
with Terry Porter on acoustic bass in a
Fundraising concert for
Admission $15.00. All proceeds to BROKE
Sat. Jan.21st at Cranberry Commons
4274 Albert St. Burnaby,
(one block north of Hastings,
3rd block west of Willingdon)

Doors open at 7:00PM
Concert starts at 7:30PM

To reserve:
Janie Benna 604 454 1771
Dennis Lakusta 1 250 802 8054
Ruth Walmsley 604 298 9220

\Dennis Lakusta – In addition to being a noted artist in visual media, Dennis, is a musician, singer and songwriter with eight or more CDs to his credit (some of which may be available). He can make you laugh, cry, cringe, or rage at injustice. Please check out Dennis’ new website at http://dlakusta.org/ Never one to shy away from thorny issues including the blind and wanton destruction of our planet and the flagrant assault of our most basic rights and civil liberties, Dennis, a strong activist of Cree ancestry, gives a Fundraising benefit concert for BROKE.

BROKE Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, originating in 2011, is a group of local residents who led the fight against Kinder Morgan, and who were in the ranks of the many arrested making a stand on Burnaby Mountain in 2014. With the recent Federal approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion BROKE will again be at the forefront in the fight to oppose the degradation of our city, our neighbourhoods, and the natural habitat, that an oil pipeline and related industrialization of Burrard Inlet would bring.