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Oil Pipeline Expansions Further Threatens Indigenous Lands

By NowThis Earth Published on June 14, 2021

The Trans Mountain pipeline began shipping oil in 1953, causing damage to Indigenous lands in the years since — and now an expansion project threatens to do even more damage to the ecosystems surrounding it.
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The Trans Mountain pipeline began shipping oil in 1953 from Edmonton to Vancouver, portions of which run through Indigenous lands.

Charlene Aleck, a spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative, says the pipeline—which carries a crude oil called bitumen—has done irreparable harm to the land for decades.

Now, an expansion project that would double the flow of bitumen threatens to do further damage to the ecosystems surrounding it.

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