Despite an activist groups’ announcement that it succeeded in shutting the flow of five oil pipelines for most of the day Tuesday, Kinder Morgan responded to the incident that the flow of its Trans Mountain pipeline was not interrupted, and no damage was done to the line.
A group called Climate Direct Action simultaneously broke into valve stations in four different states on Tuesday in attempt to stop oil flow from the Alberta oilsands, an act the group called “a remarkable accomplishment” toward tackling the climate crisis.
One of the pipelines targeted was Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
Although the group’s dangerous stunt did not affect the flow of Kinder Morgan’s line, the company announced it is reviewing its security procedures and taking precautionary measures for potential future pipeline attacks.
President of Kinder Morgan Ian Anderson stated that oil companies work together to maintain security and safety of their pipelines and that his company is already planning security measures for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in the event that it is given the green light to begin construction.
Other pipeline companies were targeted in the protest, including Spectra Energy, Enbridge, and TransCanada. The companies responded to the attacks by warning that tampering with oil pipelines could have unintended and seriously dangerous environmental consequences.