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Students protest risk of being ‘trapped’ on Burnaby Mountain by pipeline incident

Concerned students and community members joined together on Thursday to highlight what they call the “extreme danger” of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
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Protesters march from SFU to the Burnaby Mountain tank farm. Chris Campbell photo

Concerned students and community members joined together on Thursday to highlight what they call the “extreme danger” of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

A “teach-in” was held at Simon Fraser University before a large group marched down the hill to the intersection of Gaglardi Way and Burnaby Mountain Parkway – just above the Trans Mountain tank farm.

Students fashioned several large LED “light-up” banners and signs so people could read the message as dusk set in.

“The Burnaby Fire Department has already outlined many potentially deadly scenarios on Burnaby Mountain related to the Trans Mountain tank farm and its possible expansion,” said Climate Convergence organizer Alison Bodine.

“Over 40,000 SFU students, faculty and staff - as well as 5,000 residents of the 'UniverCity' development - could be trapped,” she continued. “The government of Canada is trying to force this project through despite the obvious danger. We're here to say that students and community members are committed to protecting their own safety and that of the entire planet as well.”

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