Protesters are looking to build houses on the Trans Mountain pipeline route

Just days after Trans Mountain announced six major pipeline contractors to put their pipeline in the ground from Edmonton AB to Burnaby BC, Secwepemc Nation said they will build 10 tiny houses on the pipeline route.

The idea is influenced by people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota for nearly a year.

Police were forced to remove them from the site with riot gear in February 2017, tents and garbage was left behind which flowed into a nearby river after the government forced them off the area after protesting for nearly a year.

The Trans Mountain pipeline is a 1,150-kilometre expansion project that will create thousands of jobs and carry crude starting in 2019.

The pipeline project was approved by the Trudeau government and will begin construction in September regardless of the protesting from environmentalist groups and First Nations.

The new NDP government in BC said they will do anything to try and stop the $7.4 billion project, but for now there’s nothing they can do stop but encourage protest.

Protesters are told to go protest as long as it stays within the law.

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