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    KinderMorgan is conducting a thoroughsecurity review of the Westridge MarineTerminal after the facility was seized byGreenpeace activists Wednesday.

    Spokesman Andrew Galarnyk said thereview will determine how 16 Greenpeaceactivists managed to get inside the site and

    chain themselves to the terminalsequipment and front gate.

    We are assessing the incidentand the security measures that arein place, said Galarnyk. Wereconducting a thorough investiga-tion of the entire incident.

    Galarnyk refused to speculateon how the Greenpeace activistsmanaged to access to the terminal, sayingits too early to tell.

    The Greenpeace protesters remained onthe site for about 12 hours, from dawn todusk Wednesday. In addition to chainingthemselves to the terminals front gate andits pumping mechanisms, they dangled

    from ropes to unfurl banners andpaint the storage tanks.

    Greenpeace B.C. directorStephanie Goodwin said the activ-ists agreed to leave voluntarilyafter discussions with the RCMP.They were escorted off the site,questioned and released. Nocharges have been laid to this

    point and Goodwin is hopeful none willbe.

    RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessensaid the investigation is ongoing, and itstoo early to say whether any charges willbe laid.

    The protesters may face legal action

    from Kinder Morgan. Galarnyk said thecompany is weighing its legal options. Buthe added that safety was the prime concernduring the incident.

    Certainly, we were concerned aboutthe safety of the protesters, the safety of ourstaff and the community, he said. Werehappy it ended peacefully.

    Galarnyk said Kinder Morgan is con-ducting a thorough survey of the site toensure there is no damage. He said thereappears to be none.

    The Greenpeace action was timed tocoincide with Wednesdays speech fromthe throne in Ottawa. In the speech, which

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    Making a statement: Greenpeace activists Benjamin Zielinski,left, and Dr. Keith Stewart chained themselves to the fenceat Kinder Morgans Westridge Marine Terminal. At right, aprotester lends his support to their cause.

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    Kinder Morgan will work todetermine how 16 activistsgot inside marine terminal

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  • Burnaby residents posedfor pictures, waved signs andeven delivered doughnuts tothe Greenpeace activists whooccupied the Westridge MarineTerminal on Wednesday.

    A number of local residentscame out to show their supportfor the demonstrators who werechained to the front gate and inother areas inside the terminal.

    Hartwig Boecking, a 25-yearresident, applauded the protest.

    I support this in many ways,he said.

    You dont have to be an envi-ronmentalist to be in favour.

    Another protester arrived

    wearing a large yellow sign read-ing: Clean water is worth moreto us than dirty oil.

    The man, who would not givehis name, said he was a formerdog-walker and that all six of hisdogs had died of a form of cancer,which he blames on the toxinshe says are issuing from the ter-minal.

    These people, he said, point-ing to the two protesters chainedto the gate, are the bravest soulsout here.

    Alan Dutton of BurnabyResidents Opposing KinderMorgan Expansion (BROKE) saidtheres a mixed reaction to theGreenpeace action.

    While many have expressedsupport, others are cynical about

    the long-term effect, said Dutton.I am optimistic, however, thatthe Greenpeace demonstrationwill not only raise public aware-ness about the multiple dangers ofshipping and storing oil in majorcities it will stimulate debate aboutthe most effective ways to opposebuilding a new larger pipeline,more than doubling oil storagecapacity on Burnaby Mountainand dramatically increasing tank-er traffic through Second Narrowsand Vancouver Harbour.

    Greenpeace B.C. directorStephanie Goodwin said the activ-ists were grateful for the support.

    It was great, she said. Wealso heard from them that theywant more information and moreinput into this issue.

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    opened a new session ofParliament, the federal govern-ment renewed its vow to expandpipelines from Alberta to thePacific through B.C. to get tarsands oil to Asian markets.

    Greenpeace spokesman PeterLouwe said Greenpeace deliber-ately planned the date so it didnot coincide with a tanker loadingat the terminal.

    We deliberately went in whenthere wasnt a loading tankerbecause that might have been

    dangerous, said Louwe. Thepurpose was to make a point, andsend a message to the prime min-ister and premier that we have tomove away from dirty oil, and weaccomplished that.

    Keith Stewart was one of twoactivists who chained themselvesto the terminals front gate. Hesaid he and his partner had notrouble accomplishing their partof the action.

    I cant speak for those inside,but no one challenged us, hesaid.

    Tsleil-Waututh elder AmyGeorge was at the terminals frontgate to support the protesters.Although not chained to the gate,she sat beside them, telling report-ers she will do all she can to stopthe pipeline expansion project.

    I think its wonderful, and Iwant to thank Greenpeace, saidGeorge, 72.

    Im here to stand up for mypeople and for all the people inthe Vancouver area.

    The facility is the terminus ofthe Trans Mountain pipeline that

    carries bitumen from northernAlberta across B.C. for shipmentoverseas. In Burnaby, the projectwould see the number of tankersthat can dock at the terminal tri-ple to three. Tanker traffic wouldjump to 400 a year.

    The scheme would see thenumber of tanks at the Burnabystorage terminal double, with14 new storage tanks installed.That would add another 3.9 mil-lion barrels of oil to the facilityscapacity. Currently, the terminalcan hold 1.6 million barrels.

    The Kinder Morgan TransMountain Expansion Project is a$5.4-billion undertaking that wouldtwin the existing 1,150-kilometrepipeline between StrathconaCounty (near Edmonton) andBurnaby, if approved.

    THE BIG PICTUREBarrels per day: Would nearlytriple, from 300,000 barrels per dayto 890,000 barrels per day.Size of pipe: 36 inches.Pumping Stations: Jumps by11 to a total of 35.Whats in it: The existing linewould pump refined products,synthetic crude oils and lightcrude oils. The proposed new linewould carry heavier oils, includingbitumen.


    More storage tanks: The num-ber of tanks at the Burnaby stor-age terminal would double, with 14new storage tanks installed. Thatwould add another 3.9 million bar-rels of oil to the facilitys capacity.Currently, the terminal can hold 1.6million barrels.More tankers at the dock:The number of tankers that coulddock at the Westbridge MarineTerminal would triple to three. Anew vapour recovery and re-injec-tion system to help control emis-sions would also be built.More tankers in BurrardInlet: The number of