Protesting the pipeline

David Ellis tours the section of pipeline along the Coquihalla Highway.
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KAMLOOPS – This Saturday a group of people who do not want to see the Kinder Morgan pipeline expanded will gather at the Coquihalla summit to protest and talk about the damage caused by the pipeline.

Pipeline critic and event organizer David Ellis will lead the protest, which begins at 11 a.m. near the old toll booth at the summit. Speakers, including several First Nations leaders and fisherman, will spend several hours talking about the damage caused by the pipelines before embarking on a two mile hike to a site that Ellis believes could be the next major spill site.

“Many parts of the Coquihalla canyon are steep and isolated, often inaccessible in winter,” Ellis said in a release this week. “When you see the reality of the pipeline route it is clear that their promises of a ‘world class spill response’ is impossible.”

Ellis will talk about why he believes the “Coquihalla Jump Off” could be the site of the next major oil spill before walking to the most recent spill site. The hikes to the potential and recent spill sites will start at 2 p.m. and take just under an hour one way.

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