Climate activist successfully climbs to new treetop camp to stop logging for pipeline 

Lost Creek Protection Camp

After demolition of Homes Creek Camp, a new occupation has begun in pipeline path near Brunette River.

Unceded Coast Salish Territories (VANCOUVER, BC) — A climate activist has re-occupied a forested area in the way of the TransMountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline near Lost Creek in Burnaby, B.C, just east of recently destroyed Holmes Creek Protection camp. Timothee Govare, with the help of a small crew, climbed to the 20 meter high perch, where he plans to remain. The three bigleaf maples in which the suspended tent is situated are slated for cutting to clear the pipeline route. Police and private TMX security have visited the scene and appear perplexed about how to get Govare down.
“I am here in the canopy of the trees of Lost Creek to prevent their imminent logging preceding the installation of the TransMountain pipeline,” Said Govare. “I see the urgency of acting on the climate crisis. Even though they took down our first two treehouses, we’ll keep coming back because our commitment to delay construction of this disastrous project remains unchanged. Our future depends on it. My future depends on it.”
A police raid on Holmes Creek Protection Camp in Burnaby in the early morning of Dec 9th saw the land protection camp trashed and the area surrounded by fencing. CN police, private security and Burlington Northern Railway police provided heavy guard for workers who cleared brush and destroyed a suspended treetop platform. A higher treehouse was surrounded by razor wire and scaffolding and was subsequently dismantled. If not stopped, the pipeline construction would see the 100-year old cottonwoods and other trees in the area felled, devastating local streams. 
The area is located within a section of the pipeline route along the reclaimed and revitalized Brunette River that is breeding ground for salmon, the endangered Nooksack Dace and home to other species like herons and beavers. Five climbers occupied a small platform suspended between two trees in the area during the only ‘least risk’ period for 2020 in August and September, and construction was delayed. Since the camp began, campers and volunteers have removed heaps of garbage and invasive species from the heavily littered Holmes Creek and Lost Creek ravines as well as the banks of Brunette River East of North Road. 


The action takes place as Canada legislates its climate targets and announces spending on climate policies this month. Yet, according to the UN’s Gap report, published this month, Canada’s proposed policies forecast an increase in oil and gas production that does not align with the Paris Agreement to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees C. 
Location of Lost Creek Protection Camp
Lost Creek Protection camp is located in Burnaby on the western bank of Lost Creek between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Brunette River, north of the tracks (49.24450612153664, -122.89872931536507).





The $12-15 billion pipeline project was purchased from Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan by the federal government in 2018. Costs on the pipeline have ballooned since the purchase. The project is opposed by the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band, who were recently denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. It also conflicts with Canada's commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement to keep global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degree Celsius. The project would impact numerous drinking water sources along the route, Burrard Inlet and Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt and other First Nations, Burnaby Mountain and Simon Fraser University. It would also spell a 7-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Burrard inlet and an increased threat to the endangered Southern Resident Orcas. The Province of British Columbia, the State of Washington, and 20 municipalities oppose the pipeline project.
The existing Trans Mountain pipeline is already a major environmental and public health hazard with a long history of disastrous spills. In June this year, 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pump station located above an aquifer that supplies the Sumas First Nation with drinking water. The thirteen 67-year old tanks at the terminus of the pipeline are too close together to put out in the event of a fire, according to the Burnaby Fire Department. 240,000 people live within the 4.2 km radius of the site that is considered an evacuation zone including 32,000 members of the SFU community. A growing number of insurers have pulled out of the pipeline project. A recent warning from economists states that the TransMountain project is no longer financially viable. In November, the Canada Energy Regulator released a report stating that there is no need for any pipeline expansion if Canada takes measures to curb GHGs, and the Parliamentary Budget Office reported this week that TMX will only be marginally profitable if no further climate measures are taken. Indigenous groups, as well as the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls have pointed out the connection between resource extraction man-camps and violence against Indigenous women. ###
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