As of April 8th, Kinder Morgan suspended “non-essential” work on the Trans Mountain pipeline until a final decision is to be made by May 31st on going ahead with the pipeline expansion.
The response to this announcement has been dramatic from all sides. Politicians, Indigenous groups, and pro- and anti-pipeline groups alike have all had their say. PM Trudeau and Ministers McKenna and Carr have been called upon to proceed with their decision one way or the other, and it appears they are still determined to get this pipeline built.
All this comes on the heels of Ottawa protesters who have been calling on Minister McKenna to stop the KM pipeline altogether. This has happened at the same time that fierce protesting has been going on in Burnaby, B.C. Katie Perfitt of 350. org Canada provides a full background this way:
“On March 10th Coast Salish people joined by their allies led a historic 10,000 people strong stand against the Kinder Morgan pipeline — erecting a traditional Watch House along the pipeline route as people marched to Kinder Morgan’s tank farm. In the days following, hundreds returned to the site, and over 170 people were arrested in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.
Here in Ottawa, we’re bringing a message from Burnaby Mountain to MP Catherine McKenna. Will you help us to deliver it?
On March 23rd, over 100 people in Ottawa showed up at Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna’s office urging her to end her support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline on the grounds that it violates Indigenous rights, threatens the BC coast, and is incompatible with Canada’s climate commitments. She wasn’t at her constituency office that day, so we left her with a container of water from the Salish Sea.
(March 23rd. Photos: Larry Dobson)
Just days ago, we returned with an invitation to Minister McKenna straight from Coast Salish territories: sit down with Coast Salish spiritual leadership at the Watch House and answer for her ongoing support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline. McKenna told us she would visit the Watch House but has refused to give us a firm date.
Here are all the details:
WHERE: 107 Catherine St, Ottawa — Office of Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th from 2:30 pm to 4:00 PM
WHAT: Ottawa community members hold Minister McKenna to her promise. The event will include a ‘teach-in’ where we’ll hear from leaders in the fight against Kinder Morgan and lots of new art to help draw attention to our action. We’re also asking people to bring a pot or pan and a wooden spoon from home so we can make lots of noise!
If you have facebook, RSVP online and share the event with your friends.
Now is the time to send the message loud and clear that people in Ottawa, including Catherine McKenna’s own constituents, expect her to respect Indigenous rights, the BC coast, and the climate.
Join us April 10th at 2:30 pm to show solidarity with people on the West Coast standing up for the water, the climate, and the coast. RSVP to the Facebook event here. If you don’t have facebook, please feel free to join us at the event.”