Pipeline opponents stage photo event at Kinder Morgan tank farm

Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, 23/03/15

A group of pipeline opponents staged a tongue-in-cheek protest at Kinder Morgan's tank farm, participating in the same activity that triggered a recent police investigation of an SFU professor.

On Friday morning, about two dozen people met at Kinder Morgan's tank farm to have their photos taken with the sign SFU professor Tim Takaro photographed in early March. After Takaro snapped his picture, Kinder Morgan called police, setting off an RCMP investigation, but no charges were laid.

Friday's protest involved selfies and group shots with the same sign that landed Takaro in trouble.

"We kind of joked that it was a workshop, and we had a serious discussion about Bill C-51, and we had a lot of laughs," said Burnaby resident John Preissl, a Burnaby streamkeeper who's concerned about the pipeline, the NEB process and the environment.

"It was really good. It was a very positive energy."

According to Preissl, the group stayed for a couple of hours taking a photos with the sign, but this time, Kinder Morgan's security staff simply closed the blinds in the booth by the entrance gate.

The Friday protest was in support of New Westminster residents Takaro and Lesslie Askin, a retired systems analyst who was also under investigation for taking photo close to the tank farm. Both are participants in the National Energy Board's hearing for the proposed pipeline and tank farm expansion.

Takaro appreciated the gesture.