Pipeline protesters still dangling from Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

Pipeline protesters still dangling from Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

Greenpeace Canada is taking responsibility for the aerial blockade, which it says is to protest the Trans Mountain oilsands oil tanker traffic.

In a press release, George said he will remain the fierce opposition. "It is in my blood to protect the water".

CTV New's Chopper 9 helicopter shows RCMP officers on the catwalk to remove the protestors.

It's not clear at this time how police will get the protesters off the bridge. It appeared that the pair were talking and the officer attached something to the demonstrator's rigging before climbing back up to the underside of the bridge.

"At this point, as I understand it, it's a question of the rail bridge is down and that's the problem".

The climbers are also armed with seven different flags, allegedly designed by Indigenous artists, which are meant to reflect the concerns and represent the individuals who stand to resist the Trans Mountain Pipeline project. Greenpeace Canada's statement said the Serene Sea was scheduled to depart Tuesday morning but is now stopped by the climbers.

The Canadian government bought the pipeline expansion project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion at the end of May.

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"It doesn't matter that Justin Trudeau has decided to make taxpayers into the shareholders of this project, it still will not go forward", Jackson said in a Facebook video. "This resistance movement, if anything, is stronger than ever because of this recent decision".

Trans Mountain says work will begin this month at the Westridge Marine Terminal near Burnaby Mountain on a tunnel portal.

Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.

Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

"As of 10 a.m., there is no disruption to vehicle traffic on the bridge".

Shorter vessels such as tugboats, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to go back and forth.

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