CONTRIBUTION · 10th December 2011
Vancouver Police attacked environmental activists outside the offices of Apache Pipeline in downtown Vancouver today. People protesting Apache's stake in the proposed Pacific Trails pipeline at a midday rally were punched, shoved and kicked as Vancouver police locked down the office tower.
more pics: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/police-attack-pipeline-protesters/9355
Before the doors were barred, activists launched a balloon-powered banner reading "Stop Apache Oil's Pacific Trail Pipeline." The banner floated gently to the ceiling of the tower's lobby and stayed there.
Outside, Gitxsan Melana Bazil told the crowd "natural laws must be respected - we must connect with our hearts." Reading a statement from her brother, activist Mel Bazil, Melana said " we will not stop, we will not give up, we will not bend - we are in this for the long haul."
The proposed pipeline would carry "fracked" natual gas 500 km from Northeastern BC and Alberta to the Pacific Coast near Kitimat for loading into tankers. Both the federal and provincial governments have already approved the project, but it still needs the official go-ahead from the National Energy Board.
Peanut Gallery has spoken.
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 11th December 2011
Unfortunately Richard. some people seemed to have buried their heads in the sand.(tar sands). They use the same old excuse to justify why its ok for them burn fuel but if you are opposed to the oil or gas pipeline you shouldn't be using any. Well until people get an alternative we will use what is available.If it means driving to a protest all the more power to you. The movie Avatar is seeming to be more and more like a documentary of where we are headed. The winds of change are blowing.
Ahh, Poor Babies!!!!!
Comment by James Ippel on 10th December 2011
The protesters were attacked by the VPD??? They were not welcome in this building, were told to stay the hell out, but tried the old sympathetic bit, looking for public support. Guess it did'nt work.
Love Steve's comment. Right on.
As for Richard, if you are so much against the export of our raw logs, our natural resources, I have a suggestion for you. Raise the money to build sawmills in the northwest to process our timber, rasie money to build refineries to process our oil and gas. In the meantime, please try to avoid using the services which are funded by the processing of these resouses elsewhere.
Comment by djb on 10th December 2011
Isnt this the same natural "GAS' pipeline to the LNG operation that is owned, in part, by the Haisla nation of Kitimat?
What is this protest actually about? the source of the gas? fracking? What can we expect next - a protest about hydro lines- because they carry power from "evil" dams? or highways, because they carry polluting vehicles ?And just what natural laws are being referred to?
after the protest...
Comment by Steve Smyth on 10th December 2011
The protesters all drove their solar powered cars to their wind power heated, natural organic hemp homes to post this on their gerbil powered computers displayed on home made linen screens/..... oh wait? you mean they didnt?
Comment by richard on 10th December 2011
greed rules,oils nextraw loggs done,mining won`t be long behind it. good luck as this goverment has sold bc resorces . called inside trading.