BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – After 34 hours in a tree, Terry Christenson’s protest against the Trans Mountain pipeline has come to an end. The 71-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday by RCMP officers who tried to climb the tree to arrest him.
The grandfather and self-described professional climber started the protest on April 29, climbing a tree at at the western end of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, which carries oilsands crude from Alberta to a port in Metro Vancouver.
Hour 32. Looks like they’re almost here. Some good climbing technique. pic.twitter.com/yIlVS4WmTm
— protestinggrandpa (@grandpa_protest) April 30, 2019
A statement from the environmental group Stand.earth says Christenson will spend the night in jail before his court appearance in Vancouver on Wednesday.
This is the second protest for Christenson, who was arrested in March 2018 after climbing a tree in the same area to slow clearing for the pipeline construction. That protest lasted 16 hours before he was removed. This time around, spokesperson Sven Biggs of Stand.earth says Christenson took enough supplies to last a week.
Stand.earth says about 230 people were arrested last year for violating an injunction against protests at the marine terminal and other nearby infrastructure linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The federal government supports the tripling of the pipeline’s capacity but suspended work on the expansion last August when the Federal Court of Appeal found parts of a National Energy Board review were flawed and should be redone.
With files from the Canadian Press.