Lower Mainland, BC, March 6, 2013 –  Local residents gather to address concerns around the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. The PIPE UP Network, Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC and ForestEthics Advocacy are coming together to host a town hall meeting in Langley this evening, as part of an effort to inform Lower Mainland residents about tar sands bitumen currently being shipped through their communities and about Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain pipeline proposal.

What: The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline is currently transporting 300,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil products – including diluted bitumen – from Alberta to a marine terminal in Burnaby. The newly proposed Kinder Morgan project would pump 890,000 barrels of these products through the Lower Mainland each day, bringing over 400 oil tankers per year into the Burrard Inlet. BC residents have raised serious concerns over the threat of an oil spill, which would have severe and lasting effects for communities, businesses, waterways and wildlife along the pipeline route.

Since the Kinder Morgan pipeline right-of-way crosses Langley Township, it is crucial that community members are given the opportunity to join the discussion. This meeting is a chance for local residents to learn more about the proposal, address their concerns and connect with other groups and citizens participating in the debate.

When:      Wednesday, March 6, 2013
                  7:00 p.m.

Where:     Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus Auditorium
                  20901 Langley Bypass (Glover Road Entrance)
                  (view map)

Who:        Speakers at the event include…

  • Rex Weyler, author and environmentalist
  • Lekeyten, Kwantlen First Nation Elder
  • Lynn Perrin, PIPE UP Network
  • Ben West, ForestEthics Advocacy
  • Eoin Madden, Wilderness Committee
  • Michael Hale, PIPE UP Network

 

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For more information contact:

Michael Hale, PIPE UP Network – (604) 799-3391

Ben West, Campaign Director, ForestEthics Advocacy – (604) 710-5340