November 17, 2014 - 9:56 AM
BURNABY, B.C. - Anti-pipeline protesters are organizing a mass gathering on Burnaby Mountain just before an injunction takes effect ordering activists off the Metro Vancouver conservation site.
More than 600 people say they will attend a Facebook-planned rally on the mountain this afternoon to bear witness when it becomes unlawful for activists to keep up their blockade.
Organizers say there will be clearly marked areas where people can stand in support of the protesters who have kept up their vigil since September, adding they will not risk arrest.
A judge has given the demonstrators until 4 p.m. to dismantle the encampments preventing Kinder Morgan's survey work required for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The energy giant went to court when activists blocked the company from assessing a route for the pipeline, which the company says would involve boring two small holes and then drilling 250 metres into the mountain.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge granted the company an injunction Friday, saying failing to do so would cause irreparable harm to the company through substantial costs and potentially unrecoverable revenue losses.
— The projected route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline runs through Kamloops and Merritt.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014