Kamloops Red Rebels stage pipeline protest performance

Red Rebel members are opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which is underway in Kamloops and along the route from Edmonton to Burnaby.


The Kamloops Red Rebels, a performing arm of the international climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion, staged a protest demonstration on Wednesday, on Mission Flats where the Trans Mountain pipeline crossed the Thompson River.

Red Rebel members are opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which is underway in Kamloops and along the route from Edmonton to Burnaby.

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The red-clad group presented a protest performance last October, when it was known as the Red Brigade.

Its members argue the environmental and fiscal costs of the TMX project far outweigh any benefits, citing habitat destruction and risks to wildlife, salmon in particular, and waterways.

“As climate change wreaks havoc on the globe, we decry this irresponsible, backward-thinking, reckless and greedy oil pipeline project,” the group said in a statement.

The performance was the second protest against the pipeline expansion project in the past week.

Last weekend, Kamloops resident Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour — a  Tk’emlups te Secwépemc member and an assistant professor in social work at Ryerson University in Toronto — completed a four-day fast and vision quest in the same area. He said he chose the spot as it is where his great-great grandmother, Cecily, stood in opposition to the original Trans Mountain pipeline when it was built in 1957.

There are 28 kilometres of pipeline work in Kamloops. The twinned pipeline route through Kamloops will run along the edge of the Lac du Bois Grasslands above Westsyde and Batchelor Heights before crossing Ord Road and Tranquille Road near Kamloops Airport, then crossing under the Thompson River.

Kamloops is part of Trans Mountain’s Interior construction area that begins at Black Pines and runs to the Coquihalla Summit, which includes approximately 185 kilometres of 36-inch pipeline, 18 valve assembly installations and three pump stations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government purchased the pipeline and related infrastructure from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion in 2018.

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