Hundreds marched against the planned pipeline expansion in 2015.

Protests set over Trans Mountain in Langley

The pipeline was recently approved by the federal government.

A protest and march against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Fort Langley.

The Kwantlen First Nation and the PIPE UP Network will gather along with members of the community.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the pipeline has been granted federal approval.

This will not be the first local protest over the pipeline. Members of the Kwantlen First Nation, local environmentalists, and residents have protested and held a march in April 2015 through downtown Fort Langley. Several hundred people took part.

The controversial oil pipeline project would almost triple the size of a pipeline that runs from Alberta’s oil fields to a refinery in Burnaby.

The pipe was built in the 1950s and runs through North Langley. The new pipeline will take a slightly different route.

Saturday’s protest will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Langley Community Hall with speeches by representatives of the Kwantlen First Nation and other local activists.

Following federal approval, the provincial government still has to give its approval and pipeline firm Kinder Morgan needs to meet numerous conditions established by the National Energy Board.

 

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