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RCMP officers take protesters into custody at an anti-pipeline demonstration in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

Kinder Morgan is pulling its equipment out early from Burnaby Mountain — the area at the centre of anti-pipeline protests in Metro Vancouver.

Lisa Clement, with Trans Mountain media relations, says much of the equipment must be removed by helicopter, so crews wrapped up survey work early to meet a court-ordered deadline of Sunday night.

Clement says work crews finished one of two drilling holes that had been planned, going down 150 metres.

She says early tests show the area appears stable enough for a pipeline and the samples will provide the necessary information for the company to submit as part of its proposal to the National Energy Board.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge refused to extend a court injunction against protesters for another 12 days, forcing Kinder Morgan to pack up before it completed its work.

The judge also threw out civil contempt charges against dozens of activists who protested the pipeline survey work — after the company admitted it provided incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it initially sought the injunction.