SFU scientist Lynne Quarmby arrested in Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain

Jenny Uechi and Mychaylo Prystupa
SFU molecular biology department chair Lynne Quarmby waving to supporters in handcuffs during her arrest on Burnaby Mountain on Friday.

cientist Lynne Quarmby --  the chair of SFU's molecular biology and biochemistry department, and a face of public opposition against pipeline giant Kinder Morgan -- has just been arrested at Burnaby Mountain.

"The reason we're in this predicament here in Burnaby has to do with the Conservative Harper government and what they did at the end of 2012 in the omnibus bill that stripped environmental regulations," she said in a speech minutes before her arrest. 

"The NEB process is now a sham...We have a process that does not allow consideration of climate change...at a time that climate change is the biggest problem facing humanity. It's unethical. The new NEB Act is written as requested by the oil industry." 

"At the end of the day when you're dealing with unjust law and abusive power, the last resource we have is civil disobedience. It's done in full respect of the rule of law. But it's also done with serious responsibility with being a citizen in this country," she said, as cheers erupted. 

"So now, I'm going to turn around and walk up this hill -- and be the best citizen I can be."