Trans Mountain has been granted a two year permit to use 11 acres of Colony Farm Regional Park as a temporary construction site to assemble the pipeline before it is drilled under the Fraser River. The permit is for 2 years and was negotiated behind closed doors with no public consultation or inclusion of Kwikwetlem First Nations.
CFPA Statement about Colony Farm Regional Park being used a Temporary Staging Site:
Parks are created as green space for public enjoyment and to protect wildlife habitat. Colony Farm Regional Park was specifically protected to keep the lands in public ownership, to keep the lands open and accessible to the public, to preserve the agricultural capability of the land, to provide opportunities for public recreation and to protect wildlife habitat and enhance its biodiversity. The decision to allow Transmountain to use Colony Farm Regional Park as a temporary staging area for the pipeline was made behind closed doors with absolutely no public engagement or consultation. We do not see construction of a pipeline to be a compatible land use at Colony Farm Regional Park. We are opposed to this proposed use of a protected Park as a construction site.
CFPA Statement about TMX:
CFPA does not support the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion Project. Based on the most recent report by the Canadian Energy Regulator, Canada can’t build the pipeline expansion and meet its climate commitments. The estimated costs of the project have more than doubled from the original $5.5 billion to $12.6 billion. There is time to change course and spend the many remaining billions on real long-term economic solutions. If the Government of Canada is serious about climate action and reconciliation in Canada, construction on TMX must stop now. We remain hopeful that Canada will follow Biden’s lead on Keystone XL and cancel TMX because it directly conflicts with the federal government’s recently announced climate plan and it does not have permission or consent from many affected Indigenous Nations.
What you can do:
- Sign CFPA’s petition on change.org.
- Contact to express your concern:
- Metro Vancouver Chair Sav Dhaliwal
- Phone: 604-420-8188
- Cell: 778-228-0247
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Port Coquitlam Liberal MP Ron McKinnon
- Telephone: 604-927-1080
- Email: Ron.McKinnon@parl.gc.ca
- Metro Vancouver Chair Sav Dhaliwal
- TriCity News, February 18 “For ‘grandkids’ future’: 100-year-old Port Coquitlam grandma tells Trudeau to stop Trans Mountain“
- Georgia Straight, January 14 “Federally owned Trans Mountain to use Colony Farm in Coquitlam for work on pipeline expansion“
- TriCity News, January 7 “City ‘powerless’ to stop pipeline work, says Coquitlam mayor”
- CTV News, January 4 “No room for construction’: Coquitlam residents decry Trans Mountain using park for work on pipeline”
- TriCity News, December 11 “Major Coquitlam park to be a staging ground for Trans Mountain Pipeline project”
Words of support
Words of support from Bill Wilson (1 minute video) – ““62% of Canadians personally believe that climate change is a major crisis. Metro Vancouver, why have you said “yes” to building infrastructure for fossil fuels that are killing people every day and destroying the planet we live on? Your decision goes against 30 years of UN reports on climate change and years of thousands marching in our streets demanding climate action. Your decisions ignored your obligations to the common good, and Metro’s Climate 2050 and Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. One day, the lands Trans Mountain wants to use will be under water because of the product shipped through this pipeline. Environmentally and economically, Canada’s energy super power status is threatened as the world shifts off of fossil fuels. Metro Vancouver, city counsellors, MLAs, and MPs, a safe, healthy future is threatened by Trans Mountain in Colony Farm Park. How dare you continue to look away by allowing this pipeline to be built.”
Trans Mountain Information