By Roger Annis, Dec 2, 2014
On November 28, Kinder Morgan company was obliged to pull its geo-technical drilling rigs off the mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia. This followed a court appearance the day before in which the company’s legal case to be conducting exploratory drilling in a municipal park for a future tar sands pipeline collapsed. Burnaby is a municipality in the Vancovuer region.
Not only was the company obliged to stop drilling, it also acceded to withdraw its successful application for a court injunction that saw a massive police encampment created to protect the company’s operations. Police arrested more than 100 land and climate defenders in the course of an aggressive protection of Kinder Morgan; charges against most of those people have been dropped because Kinder Morgan provided erroneous GPS data to the court in its original injunction application.
Kinder Morgan thought it could bulldoze public opinion and environmental defense action out of the way. But it lost, thanks to sustained, daily protest actions, civil disobedience and important shifts in public opinion taking place about globlal warming and the grim prospects for the health of Mother Earth. The result is a considerable political setback to the company’s plans to build its Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline expansion from Alberta to the Port of Vancouver.
But the company will be back. The lust for profits has no limit nor moral compass. And a battle continues against the $5.4 SLAPP suit that Kinder Morgan has deposed against several of the spokepeople and organizations leading the fight against Trasn Mountain.
On November 30, hundreds of people gathered on Burnaby Mountain to celebrate the victory. They pledged to continue the fight against the pipeline and against the growing numbers of climate-wrecking projects by the world’s corporate vandals. The celebration brought together land defenders, First Nations people, environmental activists of all ages and a small but growing number of trade union activists.
Here are three articles that tell the story of the Battle of Burnaby Mountain:
* A Vancouver Sun article describing the immediate circumstances of Kinder Morgan ending its geotechnical drilling prematurely on Burnaby Mountain on Nov 28.
* A lengthy article in the Vancouver Observer describing how the Battle of Burnaby Mountain unfolded during these past three months.
* And an article by Roger Annis published on Nov. 26 that describes some of the political implications for the working class of the struggle at Burnaby Mountain as it was still unfolding.