RCMP move to extract pipeline protesters hanging from Vancouver bridge

Greenpeace protesters hang from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

Greenpeace protesters hang from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

"Public safety is paramount, of course, so it will be done very methodically and very safely", he said.

"This is about the safety of the protesters", he said. George said his eight-year-old son and Tsleil-Waututh ancestors had inspired him to be part of the bridge protest.

Police are moving in on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge to remove a group of protesters who have been dangling from the structure since yesterday morning.

"Twelve climbers have been suspended in the path of a tar sands tanker in Vancouver for the past 24 hours", read an update shared online by Greenpeace Canada.

Anti-Trans Mountain pipeline activists hang from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in North Vancouver, B.C. on July 3, 2018.

He added he will do whatever it takes to protect the water and his family.

"Our future hangs in the balance if we don't stop fossil fuel extraction, as does the health of these precious waterways, and the communities and wildlife depending on them", said Joanna Kerr, executive director of Greenpeace Canada, in a press release. "We can't let that happen".

Earlier Wednesday morning, George spoke with the North Shore News, describing his chilly night in a hammock hanging over Burrard Inlet.

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George was among the Greenpeace members-from all over Canada as well as the U.S., Mexico, and the United Kingdom -who rappelled from the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge for 35 hours to form a blockade preventing a Trans Mountain oil tanker from leaving Vancouver with tar sands oil.

"A vessel loaded with crude oil departed our Westridge Marine Terminal and is now waiting for suitable conditions at its Port of Vancouver designated mooring location", a spokesperson for Trans Mountain told CTV News in an email.

Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.

According to the Pacific Pilotage Authority, a pair of ships were set to move through the Second Narrows on Wednesday, but both had their plans delayed - the Maersk Bering was to depart for China from an anchorage point east of the bridge at 3 p.m., but is also now set to depart on Thursday morning, and the Nord Supreme was to move from an anchorage west of the bridge to Suncor's Burrard Terminal at 4:15 a.m., but that was delayed to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.

The Suncor Burrard Terminal is a holding facility for finished petroleum products. Conditions of release include a promise by protesters not to go within 100 metres of a Kinder Morgan facility and not to be on the Ironworkers bridge except for the objective of crossing over it.

Official Greenpeace spokeswoman Jesse Firempong said protesters had a "hygienic system in place for storing waste" while hanging from the ropes.

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