Video: Arrest of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Yesterday, in downtown Vancouver, the Supreme Court decided that the 100 or so arrests to date were illegitimate because Trans Mountain did not use the correct GPS co-ordinates to de-lineate the injunction zone.
Meanwhile, back on Burnaby Mountain UBCIC President, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Tsleil-Waututh Nation elder Ta'ah (Amy) George were trudging through the mud to borehole 1 to be arrested by crossing the yellow police tape.
Kinder Morgan completed its work on borehole 2 yesterday (the one alongside the road) and will pull out of borehole 1 (in the woods) this weekend without completing its drilling work there after the Supreme Court denied an extension on its injunction. Kinder Morgan has said that it has sufficient information from work completed on the first of the two boreholes to make its pipeline application to the National Energy Board.
For those who have been fighting to stop the pipeline project, the judge's decision is a rare victory to be savoured. The resistance that the project has met on Burnaby Mountain from local First Nations, residents, concerned citizens, and climate warriors, reflects the growing revulsion with the way that government is steamrolling ahead with these mega projects.