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Canadian police arrest 43 protesters at Trans Mountain construction site

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested 43 protesters as of March 19 for defying a court order to allow access to a construction site for Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Police in Burnaby, British Columbia said they arrested 15 protesters, including one that had to be extracted from a tree, on March 19. On March 17, 28 people were arrested at the construction site.

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge on March 16 granted a permanent injunction that ordered protesters to stay at least five meters from the site, where Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd has begun clearing trees for part of the C$7.4 billion pipeline expansion. Organizers of the protest have vowed to keep showing up at the site until at least March 26, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

The protests have been taking place at Kinder Morgan's Westridge Terminal, where tankers are loaded with mostly oil sands crude from northeastern Alberta. Canada's National Energy Board cleared the company to start work at the Burnaby site as it considers routing of other parts of the line. Other court proceedings by First Nations, environmental groups and British Columbia governments seek to stop construction of the expansion, which would almost triple the capacity of the line to 890,000 barrels per day from 300,000 bbl/d.