Released by Darcy Riddell/Photos submitted
owners clog Burnaby Mountain roads in support of anti-pipeline protests
of electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts and business owners headed to Burnaby
Mountain Conservation Area Friday morning to show solidarity with the
hundreds of protesters who have gathered to oppose the Kinder Morgan
The event is being organized by small business owner, J-M Toriel, whose
company Big Green Island Transportation installs electric charging
infrastructure. Toriel said he organized the event because, "We don't want
investments in dirty oil pipelines that put British Columbians at risk, and
we are tired of hearing people say that 'we all need gas to drive' in
defense of new fossil fuel infrastructure. We brought electric vehicle
drivers here to show we can all be part of a clean energy future – no
Toriel is driving to Burnaby Mountain in a plug-in Nissan Leaf, owned by the
car-sharing service Modo Co-operative to show that you don't even need to
own an EV to make alternative transportation choices. EV drivers are
bringing slogans and banners with positive messages of a future that does
not rely on fossil fuels and new pipelines: "BATTERIES INCLUDED - NO
PIPELINES REQUIRED," "LESS OIL, MORE COURAGE" and "NO, WE DON'T ALL NEED
Byron Sheardown, CEO of Vancouver-area printing company International Web
Express Printing, owns a Chevy Volt. "I proudly drive an electric vehicle.
Why risk our coastlines and communities for a resource that will be refined
and consumed elsewhere? Alternative energy is abundant and supports the
local economy. Governments and drivers need to support green energy and
reduce our dependence on fossil fuels," said Sheardown.
Electric vehicles do not require additional infrastructure from the oil and
gas industry – EVs have no tailpipes and don't burn gas. Transportation is
the largest carbon-emitting sector in British Columbia. Said organizer, J-M
Toriel, "The more drivers realize that it costs 1/10th the cost per
kilometer to drive electric vehicles, the more they will make the switch."
The EV convoy will meet on top of Burnaby Mountain near Chargepoint EV
charger at Lot E at 10am then drive down Burnaby Mountain Parkway between
10:30-11:30am, Friday November 27, 2014.
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• People assume electric
cars are expensive, but in fact their energy efficiency, and cheaper
electricity rates in B.C. makes them ten times cheaper to operate
than comparable gasoline cars. And that's just the fuel cost. With
no engine, there is virtually no maintenance.
• There are nearly 10,000 EVs in Canada. In Norway, that number is
36,000 -- or 1 out of every 8 vehicles.
• Electric vehicles have lower operating costs, last many times
longer than conventional cars, and recover their value in about 3
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Nov. 30, 2014
Kinder Morgan packs up and leaves Burnaby Mountain
Released by Darcy Riddell/Photos submitted
of people are expected to arrive at Burnaby Mountain today and Sunday to
celebrate a significant victory against Kinder Morgan, and to resolve to
continue the years-long campaign to stop the pipeline.
After three months of presence by caretakers on Burnaby Mountain, hundreds
of residents showing up every day for two weeks of protests against Kinder
Morgan drilling activity, and 125 arrests, the pipeline company removed
their equipment and stopped their survey work.
"Today Kinder Morgan also stopped work and packed up. No police line was in
effect. Many academics spoke to the crowd of well over a hundred about the
loss of faith in the Harper governments regulatory process, and the need for
universities to be more engaged in the worldwide efforts to halt dangerous
climate change," said protest organizer Darcy Riddell.
"The electric vehicle drivers were greeted with big cheers, and people were
happy to see the evidence of a post-oil transportation future."
It is very clear that local residents, led by Indigenous communities, oppose
this tar sands pipeline. Indigenous leaders, academics, faith groups,
seniors, mothers and daughters, immigrants, environmentalists have all faced
arrest and made it clear they are willing to do what it takes to stop the
pipeline from being built.
Saturday and Sunday's events will be family friendly events. Saturday
features a celebration 'Frontline Beats Pipelines,' highlighting Indigenous
and people of colour who have been at the forefront of the opposition to
Kinder Morgan and the presence on Burnaby Mountain.
Weekend activities include:
Saturday Nov 29
• 11:30 Mama's Don't Allow
• 12:00 Tar Sands Teach In
• 1:00 Frontline beats Pipeline
• 2:00 GPS for Dummies (Kinder Morgan staff encourage to attend this
Sunday Nov 30: 12:00 Picnics Not Pipelines – Mass Rally
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