AUG 16th, 2021
Land Defenders reveal Giant Spiderweb to delay Trans Mountain pipeline construction in Burnaby
Many of the trees in the cut zone are now connected high in the canopy by a complex series of ropes, much like a giant spider web. For transparency and safety, informational signs have been posted. PPST is committed to stopping TMX in ways that are respectful, and cause no harm to people, animals, or trees.
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PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2021
STOPPING the Trans Mountain pipeline: one year later
Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC) - On August 3, 2020, land protectors in Burnaby began a treesit in a conservation area along the Brunette River in order to block construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). One year later the blockade remains at Lost Creek (aka Austin Ck), with several treesits adjoining now occupied. Protect the Planet Stop TMX which leads the coalition effort is offering a tour to journalists who wish to visit the aerial camp, Sat. Aug. 7, led by Dr. Tim Takaro, the first of several tree sitters, who ascended to the treetops a year ago.
Trans Mountain has suffered a series of setbacks in addition to the one-year delay in Burnaby. The most devastating are due to the climate emergency that has killed 100s of people in BC this summer and threatened the homes and livelihoods of many more. The heat-dome event was quickly linked to climate change caused by burning of fossil fuels. People are connecting the dots between TMX, the expansion of the Alberta oilsands, the associated greenhouse gas emissions, and the death and destruction from the heat and fires blanketing the province, as demonstrated by nearly 5000 signatures on a Parliamentary Petition circulating online to stop the project.
Other blows this past year to the publicly funded project include the International Energy Agency declaring an international moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure. As well, the Canadian Energy Regulator reported in Nov. 2020 that TMX is not needed for Canada's energy future. Economists note how the project will lose money if completed, with the costs to taxpayers ballooning over 70%. Because of these risks, a growing number of insurers have pulled out of the project.
PPST spokesperson Maureen Curran sums up the year, "We are experiencing another record breaking summer with devastating heat and wildfires. Completing this pipeline will only bring more death and destruction. The science is telling us to stop the madness. Stop TMX!"
Stop Work Order Statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada - received by the Community Nest Finding Network.
Press Releases: Summer of 2020
End of summer victory: CBC link