RALLY ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN TO STOP KINDER MORGAN!

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2pm

Where: Burnaby Mountain Park, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, meet at Horizons restaurant parking lot (100 Centennial Way)***

Car turnaround at Centennial Drive entrance
Rally & bus stop location

US oil pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is illegally cutting trees in the environmentally sensitive conservation land on Burnaby Mountain. Kinder Morgan plans to clear cut conservation land in preparation for boring a tunnel through the Northridge of Burnaby Mountain contrary to city bylaws.

Together we can Stop Kinder Morgan!

M/C for the Rally to Stop Kinder Morgan is Dr. Stephen Collis, SFU

Speakers include :
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Alliance
Kennedy Stewart, MP
Derek Corrigan, Mayor of Burnaby (TBC),
Stewart Philip, Grand Chief Union of BC Indian Chiefs (TBC),
Eugene Kung, LLB WestCoast Environmental Law (TBC)
More speakers to be announced

Music By:
(TBA)

Transit from Burnaby for 2 pm rally

Starting at: Metrotown Skytrain Station, Bay 6 – Take bus 144 SFU leaving at 1:02 pm to Burnaby Mountain Pkwy & Curtis Street (40 minute ride). Walk 20 minutes** from here to parking lot at top of Centennial Way on Burnaby Mountain (see map).

Or

Starting at: Sperling Burnaby-Lake Skytrain Station, Bay 2 – Take bus 144 SFU leaving at 1:30 pm to Burnaby Mountain Pkwy & Curtis Street (10 minute ride). Walk 20 minutes** from here to parking lot at top of Centennial Way on Burnaby Mountain (see map).

Transit from Downtown Vancouver for 2 pm rally

Start at: Burrard Skytrain Station, Bay 6 – Take bus 135 SFU leaving at 12:52 pm to Burnaby Mountain Pkwy & Curtis Street (40 minute ride). Walk 20 minutes** from here to parking lot at top of Centennial Way on Burnaby Mountain (see map).

Transit from other locations in the Lower Mainland

Call translink 604-953-3333 or use the Translink ‘Trip Planner’ feature located here http://www.translink.ca/ Destination address: 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby

***Free ride up Burnaby Mountain: Volunteer Drivers will be shuttling people up Centennial Way to the Rally site between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Passengers are asked to wait on the sidewalk on Centennial Way just past the park entry sign. Passengers needing a ride down the mountain should wait at the parking lot gate after the rally (which ends at 4 pm). A volunteer will be there to assist. If you have concerns please contact Margo margo_boyd@yahoo.ca

Background

Kinder Morgan has begun surveying and cutting trees in conservation and parkland on Burnaby Mountain, unceded Coast Salish Territories. The giant US oil pipeline company plans to clear parkland in preparation for boring a tunnel through the Northridge of Burnaby Mountain contrary to city bylaws.

The purpose of the tunnel will be to transport crude tar sands oil from the storage tanks at Forest Hill to Westridge Terminal. Many geologists and seismologists are concerned that the Northridge will be subject to extreme shaking in the event of even a moderate earthquake putting at risk the pipeline, the huge oil storage tanks at Forest Hill and the Aframax tankers at Westridge terminal. A moderate earthquake to the huge tanks, pipeline and terminal would make the 2007 pipeline spill at Westridge minor in comparison.

To help protect conservation and parkland and to support the enforcement of city bylaws, residents of BC will rally on Burnaby Mountain overlooking the proposed helicopter staging area on Saturday September 13 at 2:00 PM.

The convergence of people is a celebration of conservation and parkland with music and speakers. Residents must rally to show support for protecting Burnaby Mountain and the entire Burrard Inlet. People have power only if they work together.

Dr. Stephen Collis, SFU, the MC of the event, writes:

“At the heart of a democracy is the idea of publicness: what are the needs, views, and challenges of the public? What is of public concern, and who and what composes this idea of the public sphere? Public—belonging to the people—the notion of our shared locales and times, the shared resources we depend upon, and our shared responsibilities to each other and to these places and resources: this is, ultimately, what we mean by democracy.

“Now, what might we, the general public, make of the National Energy Board’s decision to allow Big Oil company Kinder Morgan access to public lands—despite public concerns and the opposition of duly elected civic representatives—to begin exploration for its pipeline expansion? What are we to make of this private company entering a public park and nature preserve to cut a right of way, and clear for a helipad, for the expansion of its private profits? What are we to make of this company’s proposal to drill through Burnaby Mountain, sending its pipeline through this park, and under a public university? Add to this the fact that these are the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, which has been steadfast in its opposition to Kinder Morgan expansion, and there is only one thing we can conclude: this is a colonial land-grab and an anti-democratic public outrage. And there is only one thing we, the public, can do: get up, stand up, and defend what we all share and depend upon—clean water, a liveable climate, and a safe and healthy public sphere.”

Ruth Walmsley, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan, writes:

Residents of Burnaby and the Lower Mainland are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s (KM) proposed pipeline expansion project, from the Alberta tar sands to Burnaby, which would pose significant health and environmental risks to our community while bringing very few benefits by way of jobs or revenue.

This past week, KM began performing surveys and cutting trees in parkland adjacent to Burnaby Mountain, in preparation for geotechnical testing related to the possibility of boring a tunnel through the western section of mountain for their proposed tar sands pipeline.

The City of Burnaby opposes the pipeline project and has denied the company a permit for the work. In response, KM submitted a request to the National Energy Board (NEB) to confirm their rights to access City of Burnaby public lands. The NEB ruled that federal legislation gives Kinder Morgan the power to enter and conduct surveys and tests on any Crown or private land that lies on their intended pipeline routes. The City has filed a constitutional challenge, saying the route would go against municipal bylaws. The NEB dismissed the challenge, but did not, however, grant an access order to KM, which officials with the City of Burnaby are interpreting as leaving them able to continue to enforce their bylaws.

“In their response, the National Energy Board did not deny our assertion. Instead, they merely offered an interpretation of Section 73a of the National Energy Board Act. We will, therefore, continue to enforce our bylaws, ensuring that Kinder Morgan does not access Burnaby parkland and the Brunette Conservation area on which they want to perform deleterious actions that would contravene the laws put in place by our City and citizens to protect our parkland,” Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan said.

“The NEB refused to address the City of Burnaby’s constitutional question,” said Burnaby’s legal counsel, Greg McDade, QC. “By refusing to grant an access order, they ignored the question completely, meaning that Kinder Morgan still cannot access Burnaby’s land without the City’s permission.”

The NEB Act does not empower the Board to make orders that override municipal jurisdiction or bylaws. Local citizens are now mobilizing to express our opposition to allowing KM access to our public lands in preparation for building their proposed pipeline expansion. The answer is “NO”. Please join us!

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