Approximately one hundred people gathered on Monday in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa to protest against the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.
Billed by rally organizers as “the largest act of youth-led
Originally it had been reported that up to one hundred protesters were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for attempting to break security barricades. The RCMP later clarified, saying that some fifty demonstrators were briefly detained for trespassing and ticketed without arrest.
“It was a
"We were all prepared and we all understood the legal ramifications of what would happen and going through possible scenarios," said the University of Winnipeg attendee who was one of three students from that school detained at Parliament Hill.
The Trans Mountain pipeline run by Kinder Morgan currently transports some 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil and refined petroleum from the oilsands in Alberta westward to British Columbia and Washington State.
Canada’s National Energy Board approved the Trans Mountain expansion proposal with 157 conditions in May, and the Trudeau administration is expected to announce a final decision before 19 December.
Kinder Morgan officials recently warned that government approval of the expansion plans could lead to increased
By Erwin Cifuentes for Oilprice.com
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