Stopping Trans Mountain by climbing trees



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In a news cycle inundated with one disaster or crisis after another, I’m happy to be able to bring you some good news for a change.

The Trans Mountain pipeline that we’ve been fighting (and successfully blocking!) since December of 2013 suffered another major setback that could delay construction on a critical section of the pipeline for another full year.

And none of it would have been possible without people like you.

This comes on the heels of another victory earlier this summer when Trans Mountain lost its biggest insurer, Zurich, who will not be renewing its contract with this dangerous tar sands project.

These setbacks, combined with mounting costs and diminishing public support, mean that Trans Mountain is closer to being stopped for good than it has been in quite some time. Yes, really.

Thanks to generous members of this community, we were able to work with our allies to document and promote Tim’s action. Together, we made a major splash in the news media with over 200 stories published – garnering hundreds of thousands of views around Canada and putting the spotlight back on the growing resistance to this destructive project.

Shortly after Tim took his stand, Trans Mountain filed official documentation announcing it'd have to delay construction in this area until at least October, far outside the window required to get the job done. See, October is a critical month for salmon spawning, and we have been told that it's highly unlikely the company will be able to get the permits required for construction in October. This means it's possible that construction along the Brunette River will be blocked for another full year. This is incredible news.

So what now? Dr. Tim Takaro is safely down from the treetops, with someone else taking his place. (Trans Mountain may have said it’s delaying construction, but Dr. Tim and his allies know the company can’t be trusted and I don’t blame them).

Our insurance campaign continues, with a deadline of August 31st for Trans Mountain to secure coverage and replace the loss of its biggest insurer, Zurich. We’re continuing to go all out to pressure the remaining eight insurers to follow Zurich’s lead and drop the project too, because without insurance, the pipeline cannot go ahead.

Meanwhile, every day the pipeline remains incomplete, costs rise and public support shrinks.

The fight against Trans Mountain has been long and difficult. We’ve had victories that seemed final and defeats that we weren’t sure we could overcome.

And throughout it all, the Stand.earth community has stood strong.

We were there at the blockades, there when Kinder Morgan dropped out, there when Trudeau bought the pipeline, there when Indigenous communities prevailed in court, there when the Canadian government decided to disregard Indigenous concerns, and you better bet we’ll be here until the day comes when this dangerous tar sands megaproject is scrapped for good.

To ensure we have the resources we need to finish this fight and stop the climate-wrecking Trans Mountain pipeline once and for all, will you give a gift today?

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Our team is fewer than 50 people, but this community is more than 410,000 people strong and growing – and together, we're using our collective power to fight climate change, protect wild spaces, stand with impacted communities, and say no to new fossil fuels.

Together with allies and following the guidance of Indigenous leaders, I know we can win this fight.

In solidarity,

Sven Biggs
Canadian Oil and Gas Programs Director
Stand.earth


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