Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pipeline News

All About the Cash

Pipe Up rails against Kinder Morgan

By Justine Nelson, Pipe Up


wantlen Polytechnic University announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Transmountain Pipelines, owned by Kinder Morgan, to accept $300, 000 in funding over 20 years.


However, this money will only be presented to KPU if the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline is approved by the NEB. While none of the KPU campuses are directly in the route of the pipeline, the Kwantlen First Nation, which KPU is named after, are intervenors and strongly opposed to the expansion.


This comes only four months after KPU named its first Elder in Residence, Lekeyten of the Kwantlen First Nation, and only one day after they celebrated National Aboriginal Day on Campus.

After a significant amount of research the PIPE UP Network has concluded that this expansion is not in the interest of our community, from any perspective. It will be detrimental to our health, environment and economy, especially in the event of a spill. Not only is KPU suggesting its support for the proposed expansion, it is disrespecting the opinions of its students, staff and the Kwantlen First Nation by not having a consultation process on this issue.

Justine Nelson, Chapter Coordinator for the PIPE UP Network and Kwantlen Alumna, stated: “I am extremely disappointed in my school for accepting this money, especially since it is contingent on a project being approved that would be detrimental to our communities and contribute to climate change. I have never been so embarrassed to be a Kwantlen grad.”

“Many consider this type of ‘generosity’ to be a bribe, especially since it will only be delivered if the proposal is approved,” said Nelson. “While the university states it has no stance on the pipeline, it has a duty to consider the effects this expansion will have, and not succumb to Kinder Morgan’s attempts to buy support of local communities”, she added.

Brandon Gabriel Kwelexwecten of the Kwantlen First Nation explains, “Kwantlen Polytechnic University carries an Indigenous namesake, a name which is imbued and carries a lot of respect across this land, and is not to be taken lightly. Our community has worked hard, and continues to work hard at trying to maintain an authentic collaboration with Kwantlen Polytechnic University. This move flies in the face of that so-called collaboration”.



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