Protesters set up camp to block pipeline expansion in Kamloops

Protesters set up camp to block pipeline expansion in Kamloops
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Anti-pipeline protesters have established an encampment near a pipeline worksite in Kamloops, British Columbia.

So far, twenty Secwépemc protesters have established their “permanent camp” on the shores of the Thompson River.

In early August, crews prepared to drill under the Thompson River as part of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which will add capacity to the line connecting the Alberta oilsands and the Pacific Ocean.

As reported by Kamloops This Week,

Miranda Dick, a spokesperson for the camp, told KTW the sole goal of the encampment is to stop the pipeline twinning project.

Asked what protesters are prepared to do to achieve that, Dick replied: “Everything.”

In late August, Dick acted as a spokesperson for a Secwépemc man named Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, who held an anti-pipeline vision quest in the same area:

“His intention for four full days is to stop the pipeline with his vision fasting,” said Miranda Dick, a Secwépemc woman who is one of a half-dozen protesters watching over McNeil-Seymour and a sacred fire.

Trans Mountain was granted an injunction on June 1, 2018 barring protests which interfere with the work of building the pipeline. A woman was arrested by RCMP in September for disobeying this injunction after chaining herself to a fence at the construction site.

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