A healthy-sized crowd of Salt Spring Islanders gathered in Centennial Park on Friday to add their voices to those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project.
The rally ran from about 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, nine Salt Spring residents were among people arrested at the front gates of Kinder Morgan’s property on Burnaby Mountain Friday. They were Briony Penn, Jan Slakov, Tommy Mitchell, Marcelle Roy, Murray Reiss, Jean Wilkinson, Lucille Lamarche, Myna Lee Johnstone and Brenda Guiled. They will appear in court to face civil contempt of court charges on June 14 or 15.
Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May and Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart (NDP) were also arrested.
“As leader of the Green Party and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, I feel it is my moral duty to stand against Kinder Morgan’s disastrous project,” May stated in a Protect the Inlet campaign press release. “It violates Indigenous rights, threatens our climate, our coastlines, our salmon and whales, and thousands of jobs.”
By the end of Saturday, more than 100 people had been arrested at the site for violating a court injunction.
For more on this story, see the March 28 edition of the Driftwood.