BC Mounties are monitoring the Coastal GasLink pipeline protest

The RCMP says it is investigating allegations that protesters threatened security officials, detonated flares and damaged vehicles at a drilling site for the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.

The Mounties say in a statement released Monday that officers were called to the site along a forest service highway near Houston on Sunday.

They say that anyone who blocks workers’ access to the area violates a court-ordered injunction.

Opposition to the pipeline project among the hereditary bosses of Wet’suwet’en sparked rallies and rail blockades across Canada last year.

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s elected council and others in the area approved the pipeline, which would carry natural gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat.

A statement from a group called Gidimt’en Checkpoint says that an area known as Coyote Camp has been reoccupied and that an eviction notice issued to the company by hereditary bosses last year was enforced.

Members of the Gidimt’en clan, one of five in the Wet’suwet’en nation, had reestablished the blockades last month before several people were arrested while protesting the construction of the 670-kilometer gas pipeline.

This Canadian Press report was first published on December 20, 2021.


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