Friday, November 28, 2014

Contempt charges against anti-Kinder Morgan protesters thrown out

A judge threw out civil contempt charges Thursday against activists who have been arrested while demonstrating against a pipeline project on a mountain near Vancouver.
The ruling came a week after the RCMP began rounding up protesters on Burnaby Mountain, where Kinder Morgan is conducting drilling work related to its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

More than 100 people were arrested, nearly all of whom faced civil contempt proceedings for violating a court injunction ordering them to keep away from two drilling sites. The company admitted it provided incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it sought the court order.
At one location, the co-ordinates were so inaccurate that the actual work site was entirely outside the area covered by the injunction.

An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court. It has been estimated policing costs alone have exceeded $ 150,000 per day.
Not too often this space is reduced to speechlessness but damn.