VANCOUVER, April 25, 2017 – The B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits and its members have launched an online campaign to tell Kinder Morgan to keep its promise to British Columbians to put safety before profits.

In response to a growing community of British Columbians who are concerned about Kinder Morgan’s level of commitment to safety, rigorous training for their workers, and upholding B.C.’s Five Conditions, the B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits was formed in April 2017.

B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits spokesperson Patrick Campbell says, “By refusing to partner with the most experienced and highly skilled unionized workers Kinder Morgan is putting profits before safety. With British Columbia’s most skilled workforce on the sideline how can Kinder Morgan uphold all of B.C.’s Five Conditions? Simply put, they can’t.”

“Our collective workforce built the first TransMountain Project without incident, still operating safely today. Pipelines built with experienced Canadian union workers are safer than those built by other sources of labour,” says Campbell. “These jobs were promised to the people of B.C., and that should mean something. British Columbians demand that Kinder Morgan puts safety before its own profits.”

Founding coalition members – the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Labourer’s International Union of North America, United Association Canada (Canadian Piping Trades), and Teamsters Canada – as well as more than 1,100 supporters are calling upon all fellow Canadians to demand that Kinder Morgan uphold its commitments to building and operating the most safe, environmentally responsible pipeline across Western Canada.

To learn more, concerned citizens are encouraged to visit the coalition website at safetybeforeprofits.ca and tell Kinder Morgan to keep its promise to B.C.

For further information: Media inquiries: Patrick Campbell, International Representative – Canadian Region, International Union of Operating Engineers, 204-430-6334 (c), 204-774-6377 (p), Email: info@safetybeforeprofits.ca

B.C. Coalition for Safety Before Profits