The Associated Press reports that state Indigenous groups are stating their opposition to a proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada that will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. indigenous people at risk.
Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project would nearly triple pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It would carry oil from Alberta’s oil sands to the Vancouver area to be loaded on to barges and tankers for Asian and U.S. markets. The project would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers that ply Washington state waters.
“This project will harm the cultures of the U.S. tribes,” said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney who spoke against the project Friday on behalf of the Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish and Lummi people. She made final arguments to Canada’s National Energy Board at a hearing in Burnaby, B.C., which was broadcast online.