Gearing-up to shut-down Kinder Morgan
Communities from across the Pacific Northwest are gathering this month in the San Juan Islands to gear-up for a show-down against Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a fight which some have dubbed “Standing Rock North”. Building off the momentum of the fight against DAPL, as well as Seattle’s victorious uprising against Shell, the Oil-Free Salish Sea Action Camp will bring together groups from both sides of the US / Canada border to train the growing movement of water-borne fossil fuel resistance in the Pacific Northwest.
A growing alliance of kayaktivists, indigenous canoe families, and other water defenders is uniting to share the skills and wisdom essential to defending the Salish Sea from those who wish to turn it into a fossil fuel super-highway. Kinder Morgan’s proposal for a massive pipeline expansion would send nearly 900,000 barrels of oil daily from the Alberta Tar Sands to British Columbia, where massive tankers would transport it through the heart of the Salish Sea. If completed, the project would increase the risk of a major oil spill in the region by 800%, all the while violating the sovereignty of First Nations such as Tsleil Waututh Nation, whose territory would be directly threatened.
“It’s not a matter of if there will be an oil spill but when”, said Tsleil-Waututh member Cedar George-Parker. “We’re standing with our allies… Let’s not let borders separate us.”
The 3 day gathering, which takes place on Lopez Island, will be hosted by The Mosquito Fleet, a regional network of water-borne climate activists, along with the help of Greenpeace. The growing list of participating partners includes Protectors of the Salish Sea, BC Sea Wolves, 350 Seattle, Students for the Salish Sea, as well as members and representatives from Tribes and First Nations throughout the region.
“Training people in how to safely demonstrate on the water is part of the diversity of tactics we will be using to oppose this project”, said Ariel Martz-Oberlander of the BC Sea Wolves, a Vancouver-based kayaktivist group.
Over the course of the weekend, groups will come together on and off the water to share stories, strategize, and train each other in creative and powerful tactics for resisting Kinder Morgan and projects like it.
“We’re building power to unite and fight as one Salish Sea, sending a clear message to investors and policy-makers alike that they can expect resistance to this project on all fronts”, said Mosquito Fleet organizer Kurtis Dengler. “Either they stop Kinder Morgan or the people will.”
As the alliance against Kinder Morgan grows, it’s becoming clearer every day that this fight is far from over. It’s clearly just begun.
Interested in attending?
There are limited spaces still available.