About BROKE

Through education, advocacy, and partnership, our goal is to prevent the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and related infrastructure in Burnaby, and related supertanker traffic in Burrard Inlet.  Join our mailing list at http://eepurl.com/vyBhv or contact us at info@brokepipelinewatch.ca 

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.

BROKE’s accomplishments include :

  • on May 16, 2016, receiving two City of Burnaby 2016 Environmental Awards for Community Stewardship: one to BROKE as a whole and one to BROKE founder and continuing activist Ruth Walmsley;
  • mobilizing participants in the May 14, 2016 Break Free from Fossil Fuels rally on land and sea around the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal;
  • involvement in the January 2016 protests outside the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby, demanding newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau honour his promise to re-start the hearings;
  • being an intervenor in the NEB hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion, submitting expert evidence on earthquake-related and human health dangers inherent in the project;
  • hosting a federal all-candidates meeting on September 15, 2015, focused on candidates’ positions on Kinder Morgan expansion project, attended by over 300 people;
  • holding a Town Hall at Forest Grove School on May 20, 2015, with Mayor Derek Corrigan and Deputy Fire Chief Chris Bowcock and Angela Brooks-Wilson on safety issues with nearby Kinder Morgan tank farm, attended by over 200 people;
  • involvement in the November 2014 Battle of Burnaby Mountain, protesting test drilling to prepare for pipeline tunnels through the mountain;
  • holding a rally on Burnaby Mountain September 13, 2014, addressed by Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, Grand Chief Steward Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and Kennedy Stewart, NDP MP for North Burnaby.
  • organizing a major “People’s Procession & Rally” on April 12, 2014, to raise community awareness and voice opposition to Kinder Morgan’s plans;
  • holding a Town Hall at Cameron School on March 4, 2014, attended by 250 people, co-sponsored with Forest Ethics Advocacy;
  • holding a rally on July 24, 2013, to commemorate the 6th anniversary of Kinder Morgan’s 2007 oil spill in Burnaby’s Westridge neighbourhood;
  • hosting a provincial all-candidates meeting on April 28, 2013, focused on the environmental concerns of Burnaby residents, co-sponsored with the Civic Association of Iranian Canadians and the Capitol Hill Hall Association;
  • hosting a talk by economist Robyn Allan on “The Economics of Oil Pipelines and Tankers,” March 27, 2013, attended by 242 people, co-sponsored with SFU Centre for the Humanities, Environment Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and Forest Ethics Advocacy;
  • screening the movie White Water Black Goldat Capitol Hill Hall on January 18, 2013, attended by 125 people, followed by a talk by the film-maker David Lavalee;
  • holding a Town Hall at Confederation Centre on October 10, 2012, attended by 250 people.

 

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More about what motivates us to oppose the expansion project:

Kinder Morgan’s Expansion Project

Tank Farm Accident History

Oil Spill Risk Assessment

First Nations and the NEB

Health Risks