Rueben George supports NDP's opposition to pipeline expansion

Rueben George, a prominent opponent of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Photo by Claudia Goodine.

Rueben George, a prominent leader of the First Nations pushback against the Kinder Morgan pipeline fully supports BC NDP leader Adrian Dix’s position on the pipeline expansion.

Dix announced his party’s opposition to the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline in a statement that coincided with Earth Day. He did not commit to an absolute position, saying the energy company has not yet released a formal proposal for the project. Once they do, the NDP promises a “made-in-BC review” before making a final decision.

George supports Dix’s comments, saying that his announcement was “good for now,” and “for sure a step in the right direction.” As a member of the Tsleil-Waututh nation on the shores of Burrard Inlet, not far from the terminus of the pipeline, he has been leading the charge against the expansion. His chief Maureen Thomas has publicly applauded Dix’s comments, and George said he support her vote of confidence.

George opposes the pipeline out of concern for the impact on his nation’s territory, but stressed that the project is “everybody’s problem.”

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