Trans Mountain opponents protest outside Liberal MP’s Burnaby office

Tunnel project underway from Burnaby Mountain to Westridge terminal

Workers creating a tunnel like the one being dug between Westridge and Burnaby Mountain terminals | Trans Mountain

The sidewalk outside of Burnaby North-Seymour MP Terry Beech’s office has seen plenty of Trans Mountain protests over the years.

It’s about to get another today (Friday) as Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver will be unveiling a banner that says “No new pipeline in a climate emergency.” People will be gathering in front of Beech's office at 4 p.m. demanding the Trudeau government cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and stop drilling a pipeline tunnel through Burnaby Mountain.

“Climate change is here, is real and is a danger to everyone,” said Climate Convergence organizer Alison Bodine, in a news release. “The science is clear: Building a pipeline to expand tar sands production right now is dangerous to the entire planet. Firefighting experts are also clear: drilling a massive tunnel through Burnaby Mountain for the associated tank farm expansion is also incredibly dangerous for tens of thousands of SFU students and Burnaby residents.”

Beech voted against the pipeline, but many protests have been held at his office because of his party’s support for it. Trans Mountain is currently boring a hole between Burnaby Mountain and the Westridge Marine Terminal on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby. It's expected to take most of the year to complete.

 “We need more than just lip service and more than business as usual from Prime Minister Trudeau and his local Liberal MP Terry Beech,” she concluded. “This is local issue that has global consequences, and we won't stop until the TMX pipeline is cancelled once and for all.”