Kinder Morgan to file court action against protesters blocking pipeline work

A protester carries a sign on a trail on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday October 29, 2014.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER - Energy giant Kinder Morgan is seeking a court order to stop local residents from blocking survey work for a pipeline route through a conservation area in Metro Vancouver.

The firm says a group of protesters stopped crews from working on Burnaby Mountain all day Wednesday.

It accuses the demonstrators of trespassing, and a court hearing scheduled for this afternoon will hear the company's request for an injunction to prevent the protesters from getting in the way.

The injunction application is the latest in a bitter battle over Kinder Morgan's plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline through Burnaby.

The National Energy Board has granted the company access to Burnaby Mountain, saying the City of Burnaby can't block the survey work because it's needed for the board to make a decision on the expansion application.

The city plans to appeal the ruling.

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