Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan wants to put North America's coastline and communities at risk -- all for more profit from yet another flawed tar sands pipeline. And the 500-person Tsleil-Waututh Nation -- an Indigenous community based on British Columbia's west coast -- is standing in its way, with unwavering opposition and legal rights that could stop this project in its tracks.
Last week, we travelled to Wall Street with the Tsleil-Waututh's Chief Maureen Thomas and met with investors from some of the biggest firms on Wall Street, from Vanguard to Goldman Sachs. We're making sure these investors know what's at stake with this disastrous pipeline project -- and we know we're having an impact.
In just two days, we're headed to Kinder Morgan's AGM in Houston, Texas, and we want to deliver Kinder Morgan a stack of petitions as fat as the CEO's profits. This is a key moment to stand with the Tsleil-Waututh and showcase our opposition to this pipeline. Can you add your name now?
Sign our petition to Kinder Morgan to respect Indigenous rights and stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.
If the Trans Mountain pipeline is built, it will pump a whopping 890,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Pacific Ocean, where it would be loaded onto hundreds of mega tankers and shipped overseas.
The Wall Street investors we met with last week hold 10% of Kinder Morgan's shares, together worth more than $10 billion. They'd been getting their information from slick investor relations material and didn't have any idea of the true cost of this pipeline or the strength of opposition to it. This week's AGM is a key moment to let shareholders know that this pipeline is a risky investment, and to let Kinder Morgan know that it will never get built.
Together our community is working hard to oppose extreme energy projects. Last fall, our Canadian members raised over $80,000 to support Indigenous legal challenges against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline. Over 54,000 of us submitted comments to the White House on Keystone XL, joining together with allies to apply enough pressure to delay the project for over two years -- and counting. And now, we're going to stand with the Tsleil-Waututh and stop the Trans Mountain pipeline in its tracks.
With the AGM just days away, we're ratcheting up momentum against this project to a fever pitch. We want to head to Houston with a strong message to Kinder Morgan that we don't want its dirty pipeline project -- and we need as many signatures as we can get before we do.
Stand with the Tsleil-Waututh and send a message to Kinder Morgan to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation launches legal challenge of Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project, Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative, May 2 2014
Drums and song mark rally against pipeline expansion, Langley Times April 14, 2015
Assessing the risks of Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion, CRED BC 2014