The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a disaster for the Pacific Northwest and the planet. The project threatens indigenous sovereignty, endangers the Salish Sea, and locks us into irreversible climate catastrophe.
The Trans Mountain pipeline already carries crude oil from the Albertan tar sands across the Canadian Rockies to Burnaby, B.C. and to Anacortes, WA. Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of this pipeline, boosting the volume from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day–more dirty tar sands than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Tanker traffic and life in the Salish Sea
Building the Trans Mountain expansion would increase tanker traffic through the Salish Sea and Juan de Fuca Strait by 700%, threaten the Southern Resident orcas with extinction, and disturb native fishing grounds and wildlife habitats.
Indigenous land and treaty rights
Seventy five indigenous associations, First Nations, and Indian tribes have already intervened in the permitting process, demanding their treaty rights to the preservation of their lands and ways of life.
Climate crisis and lock-in effect
Building tar sands infrastructure now locks us into extracting and burning dirty fuels for decades to come, because it’s so expensive and hard to stop & start that companies don’t want to stop production even when they’re losing money. Some tar sands projects have been running at a loss for years because of this– they have a payback period of decades. So if Trans Mountain gets built (like KXL, Energy East, and others), it will run for years–years that the planet cannot afford. Even construction on the pipeline, including deforestation and marine transportation, would increase greenhouse gas emissions in the region by nearly 10%, releasing over two million tons of CO2 equivalent annually.
We cannot allow this pipeline be built. Together, we are stronger than the fossil fuel industry and its collaborators. We are building a movement in Seattle to stop Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers, starting with supporting the indigenous nations on the frontlines of this fight.
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Pull Together Seattle
350 Seattle’s Keep it in the Ground is partnering with Sierra Club WA to raise $50,000 for First Nations legal fees in the battle against the Trans Mountain expansion. Pull Together is a cross border effort to fund the Tsleil-Waututh, Coldwater, and Squamish nations’ legal challenge to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers.
What you can do:
- Donate to Pull Together Seattle! Contribute to our effort to support the First Nations legal battle against the Trans Mountain expansion.
- Reach out to friends and family to donate Reaching out through your personal networks and communities is a powerful way to raise funds for Pull Together. Write your own message or use our sample letter here.
- Reach out to local businesses Connecting with local businesses is a great way to build support Pull Together and protect our regional ecosystem and economy. Get started with Pull Together business outreach by contacting Ruchi!
- Host a Pull Together house party Plan and host a Pull Together house party to raise funds for Pull Together, educate friends about the effect of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers on our region, and build community around fighting the Trans Mountain expansion in Seattle.
Organize an event! Have an idea for a cool event to fundraise for Pull Together? Let’s make it happen! Contact Ruchi to plan and promote Pull Together fundraiser events!