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Hundreds gather for anti-pipeline procession in Burnaby

Jennifer Moreau | Burnaby Now - April 18th 2014

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Hundreds of people gathered in Burnaby on Saturday to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

The event started with a people's procession in Forest Grove Park, where protesters followed the pipeline's route down to a larger rally in Westridge Park.

"We are in the process of building a mass movement of people who are committed to stopping pipelines from the tar sands, and this was a step forward in building that movement," said Ruth

Walmsley, one of the rally organizers and a member of Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion. Walmsley estimated there were about 300 to 400 people in total, by the time the procession joined the larger rally, and some came from as far as Galiano Island.

"We don't want this pipeline. We do not want to assume the risk of having this oil being shipped through our community and having an increase in the amount of tanker traffic through our inlet. And the storage tank on Burnaby Mountain, we don't want that to triple capacity," Walmsley said.

The march had a festive, celebratory tone to it, according to Walmsley.

"There were a lot of people in costume, there was music, there were people playing guitar as we were walking," she said. "The whole thing was really respectful. There wasn't anybody being provocative or violent."

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