A pack of the undead descended along one of Vancouver's busiest streets to protest the extension of a pipeline project.
Dogwood, a B.C. grassroots climate activist and social justice group, organized a "zombie-themed demonstration" for Sunday, March 12, calling on B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman to reject an emergency order that would extend the certificate for Enbridge’s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission project.
Dogwood spokesperson Alexandra Woodsworth told V.I.A. that the group will convene ahead of the protest to get their grey and gooey "full makeup" on before hitting the streets for the demonstration.
The group shared photos from Sunday's demonstration, which included dozens of protestors donning grey and bloody face paint and ripped-up clothing with "blood" on it. They also carried a faux, paper mache pipeline and several signs that called on Heyman to stop the pipeline's emergency request.
At the front of the march, the group carried a large, bright-red banner that read: "No zombie pipeline #Enbridge."
In a tweet, the group playfully quipped a call from the march: "What do we want?" 'Brains!' 'When do we want it?' 'Brains."
First approved in 2014, the pipeline's permit is slated to expire in 2024 under B.C. laws. And while it has been stalled for over a decade, Enbridge has asked for an extension until 2029 to complete the project.
"The pipeline has been dead for years -- that's the zombie connection," Woodsorth said.
Pipeline projects may only have one extension under B.C. law, and since this project already had one, Enbridge would have to re-submit the proposal from the beginning.