Ongoing protests behind halting of Trans Mountain expansion: activists

Protest crowds are growing as Kinder Morgan Canada stalls works. (CP Photo)

By Gemma Karstens-Smith THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER- Protesters who have loudly voiced their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are taking credit for Kinder Morgan Canada’s decision to pause work on the controversial project. “Every day the protests continue, it gets harder and harder to imagine (the pipeline) going ahead,’’ said Karen Mahon, campaigns director with the environmental group Stand Earth. Kinder Morgan announced Sunday that it had suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on the pipeline’s expansion project. It followed another demonstration at a work site in Burnaby, B.C., Saturday, where Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and others have gathered in recent weeks to show their opposition to the $7.4 billion project. The timing was no accident, said Chief Judy Wilson, secretary-treasurer of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs….

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