‘Defend our Coast’ rally at MLA’s office today

The noon rally will be one of many at MLA constituency offices across B.C.

More than 50 opponents of the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and increased coastal oil tanker traffic were expected to rally today outside the Campbell River constituency office of NDP MLA Claire Trevena.

Event organizer Lizz Donald says the noon rally will be one of many at MLA constituency offices across B.C. “to show growing opposition to the risks posed by tar sands pipelines and tankers.”

“We want to link arms and show an unbroken line of opposition to tanker traffic on the coast and the pipelines that feed them,” Donald says.

Donald says she hopes the rallies encourage “politicians of all stripes to more broadly define their positions on this issue.”  She says the Liberals have yet to take a position on tanker traffic and the NDP has not expressed opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. “We want cross-partisan agreement that there will be no tanker traffic expansion.”

The rally comes on the heels of a peaceful 3,000-strong mass sit-in Monday at the Legislature in Victoria. Support for the community-based events reflects recent polling that shows a majority of British Columbians oppose the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines.