Judge Rejects Kinder Morgan Injunction on Burnaby Mountain
Kinder Morgan must clear its two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain by December 1, after a British Columbia Supreme Court judge rejected the company’s bid to extend an injunction against about 100 protesters and threw out civil contempt charges against the protesters themselves.
The decision apparently turned on GPS errors that set the geographic boundaries of the injunction.
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CBC reports: “‘What’s happened thus far is that apparently people have been arrested on the basis of an order that refers to some other piece of property,’ Judge Austin Cullen said, prompting laughs and jeers from the courtroom’s crowded public gallery.” The judge revised the injunction to correct the GPS coordinates for one active work site.
Earlier, the Vancouver Observer reported that 87-year-old grandmother Jean McLaren had been arrested after crossing the police tape on Burnaby Mountain. “I had a good day!” she said. “It matters. We can’t let this happen.”