Clayoquot Sound Activists Arrested at BC Pipeline Protest Site

November 26, 2014 Updated: November 26, 2014

BURNABY, B.C.—Activists who were part of the Clayoquot Sound anti-logging protests in British Columbia in the early 1990s were arrested Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the ongoing anti-pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain near Vancouver.

Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline have become the focus for anti-pipeline protests, and more than 100 people have been arrested since last week for violating a court injunction.

In 1993, more than 800 people were arrested during a blockade of logging trucks into Clayoquot Sound, on Vancouver Island, in a summer of protests dubbed the War in the Woods.

Valerie Langer, who was an organizer with Friends of Clayoquot Sound at the time, and two other women who were involved in the movement crossed the police line on Burnaby Mountain, which resulted in all three being taken into custody.

Others among the rising number of arrests include David Suzuki’s grandson Tamo Campos, Simon Fraser University scientist Lynn Quarmby, and 84-year-old retired librarian and concert pianist Barbara Grant.

Langer says the Kinder Morgan survey work has become a breaking point for pipeline opponents, who feel they have been failed by regulators and the courts.