Why Clayton Thomas Müller Protested the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Clayton Thomas Müller being arrested on Burnaby Mountain on March 18. Photo by Rogue Collective

Clayton Thomas-Müller, a board member with Global Justice Ecology Project, recently had an opinion piece titled Why I protested against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through the National Observer.

Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton is the ‘Stop it at the Source’ campaigner with 350.org.

Here is an excerpt from the National Observer piece:

In March, the British Columbia Supreme Court granted Kinder Morgan, a Texas oil company, an injunction against protests at their Burnaby facilities.

For those who wondered where we would stand when history came knocking on our door, we recognized this as one of those moments and took bold action at the gates of Kinder Morgan. Over a week of sustained actions, people from all walks of life – 168 in total – were arrested and charged with criminal contempt of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, myself included.

A Texas oil company has been given permission and permits to ignore the laws of this land. Right now in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau’s government is apparently planning to table new laws to try and push this pipeline through. Meanwhile, the rest of us were subjected to an injunction and now a very serious charge of criminal contempt, all with support from a federal government that is stripping us of our rights.

That’s why we have to show that going all-in on Kinder Morgan will cost the Liberals, both in B.C. and across the country. Together, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples need to take action, showing their Members of Parliament that there are thousands of people across Canada ready for real climate action, climate action that respects Indigenous rights and keeps fossil fuels in the ground. In fact, many people are already taking action, organizing rallies at their local MP offices in the lead up to Kinder Morgan’s investor meeting on May 9.

See the full opinion piece here.

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