February 2nd 2015
KINDER-MORGAN BEGINS TEST DRILLING IN UNCEDED KWANTLEN NATION TERRITORY (LANGLEY BC)
Kwantlen Nation Artist Brandon Gabriel Kwelexwecten is photographed at the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain in December 2014. (Photo by Stasia Garroway)
Global oil giant Kinder-Morgan has now begun test drilling bore samples into the ground in Langley BC; on unceded Kwantlen Traditional Territory.
No official word has been spoken by the Kwantlen Nation. However the Township of Langley as well as Kinder-Morgan have issued public sstatements indicating locations, times, and dates of the aforementioned drilling.
“We will be conducting geotechnical testing near the Salmon River at 22926 Rawlison Crescent. The borehole locations are both on private property and will be approximately 1 to 2 meters apart.
We are conducting these studies to continue to develop detailed engineering on our proposed expansion corridor. This work will be similar to work that was completed in Chilliwack recently (2 locations in 2014) along the Vedder River and in other route communities where additional studies are required. The work will be completed by a portable track mounted drill rig. Drilling at the first location will commence January 28th and the second is planned for February 3rd.
The work is planned to occur up to 12 hours per day, including lighting (during dark times) for safety, and will take up to one week to complete. We will use the appropriate safety and security measures in overnight hours.” According to a joint Township of Langley and Kinder-Morgan public statement.
“Staff will be following up today to ensure compliance with applicable bylaws.” they wrote.
The proposed Trans-Mountain Oil Pipeline which will run through many municipalities and First Nations communities, including the Kwantlen Nation- has been a contentious issue over the past few years.
Opponents range in age, demographics, education levels, cultural backgrounds.
he outpouring of these people who made their way up to Burnaby Mountain this winter represent are rather large contingent of British Columbians who oppose the pipelines, who have argued that the dangers and proposed harmful environmental impacts will result in catastrophic environmental damage akin to the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in Prince William Sound in 1989, which resulted in massive contamination and virtually no responsibility taken by any government agency or industry proponents.
More recently there have been other catastrophes like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and smaller but equally catastrophic events in other important water estuaries across North America.
Be prepared to see more peaceful protests and heated arguments from citizenry across the province.