VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Anti-pipeline activists have targeted the Downtown Vancouver branch of a big bank, demanding TD Bank “totally divest from the Kinder Morgan pipeline”.
A couple of dozen protesters gathered on West Georgia outside the bank, handing out flyers to customers urging them to close their accounts.
Alison Bodine is an organizer with Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver and says protesters want the bank to totally divest from the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
“TD Bank is the largest funder and proponent of the Kinder Morgan pipeline here in Canada. They’ve invested $731 million, and this is despite having clear environmental protection policies.”
“The Kinder Morgan pipeline is something we don’t need here in British Columbia, that Canada doesn’t need. We don’t need any more dirty tar sands oil being transported across indigenous territory, through cities like Burnaby and destroying our coasts here.”
— Ellen Coulter (@ellencoulter) December 16, 2017
Karl Perrin was one of those at the rally and says TD Bank has a social responsibility not to back Kinder Morgan.
“We’re targeting them as a bank that has reach across Canada and all across the United States.”
Bill Winder was handing out flyers to TD customers, urging them to close their accounts.
“There’s no reason whatsoever this pipeline should be going through, and the banks are supporting it.”
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple capacity from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The National Energy Board recently cleared the path for Kinder Morgan to start building in Burnaby, ruling the company does not have to comply with two of that city’s by-laws.