Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Community News

Pipeline Powwow

Abby residents grapple with Kinder Morgan plans at Aug 15 Town Hall

Ben West, WWC


he Wilderness Committee is teaming up with Tanker Free BC and the PIPE UP Network to host a town hall meeting in Abbotsford on Wednesday, August 15, as part of an effort to foster local engagement and rally residents across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

What: Despite the known risks, Texas-based Kinder Morgan has silently been transporting tar sands bitumen through their existing Trans Mountain pipeline. Now, with little consultation with residents along the route, the company has announced plans to build a new pipeline alongside the existing one.

Expansion would mean digging up lands, damming rivers and disturbing major community infrastructure. It would also double the risk of a tar sands spill and increase the number of supertankers coming in and out of Vancouver, putting ecosystems and local businesses at risk while entrenching a tar sands-dependent export economy.

Since the Kinder Morgan pipeline right-of-way crosses through Abbotsford, it is crucial that community members are given the opportunity to join the discussion. This meeting is a chance for local residents to learn more about the proposal, address their concerns and connect with other groups and citizens participating in the debate.

When: Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: University of the Fraser Valley Auditorium, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford

Who: Speakers at the event include:

Ben West, Wilderness Committee Sven Biggs, Tanker Free BC Eddie Gardner, Stó:lō Nation Lynn Perrin, PIPE UP Network
Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

About the Western Wildlife Committee

The Wilderness Committee is Canada's largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization. We work for the preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research and grassroots education. The Wilderness
Committee works on the ground to achieve ecologically sustainable communities.


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