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New documentary looks at ups and downs of pipeline fight

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stand behind police at a rally in Burnaby against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion project on March 23, 2018. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
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New film takes closer look at Kinder Morgan pipeline fight in BC

Vancouver man documents the fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline in new film

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Taking the pipeline fight to the big screen. A new documentary is looking at the resistance movement against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.

“Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure” is the work of Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree. He spent the last four years documenting the ups and downs of those against the project.

His goal, to understand the impacts of the pipeline on local communties, and to give voice to those he feels were ignored by the National Energy Board public consultation process.

Activist Tzeporah Berman maintains a broad coalition of interests is opposed to this project.

“In some ways, it’s a perfect storm. It has a lot of people saying, ‘No.’ If we really want to move towards clean energy and a safer economy and address climate change, it’s time to be building the good stuff and not continuing to expand fossil fuels.”

She adds the ongoing fight against it reminds her of the battle for BC’s Clayoquot Sound back in the early 1990s.

“It really feels that way. There’s so many similarities and it’s not just about a moment for the environmental community, this is a protest that’s being led by Indigenous leaders, it’s being led by First Nations. These are protests that have 19 municipalities who have opposed the project, and scientists.”

The film covers the movement from the 2007 Inlet Drive spill in Burnaby to the recent arrests of federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart on Burnaby Mountain.

“Directly Affected” screens Sunday night at The Cultch in Vancouver.