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Northwestern B.C. First Nation expects RCMP to enforce injunction

January 9, 2019 4:12 PM
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HOUSTON, B.C.—Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia expect RCMP may serve an injunction at a protest camp on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston within hours.

The camp was established almost 10 years ago as a checkpoint to manage entry to traditional territories, but an injunction issued late last year ordered removal of gates across the forest service road.

A blockade across the road was set up more recently and the injunction was expanded to cover it as well.

TransCanada Corp, now officially known as TC Energy, sought the injunction so it could begin work on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, part of an approved $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project set for Kitimat, B.C.

TC Energy says all the elected Wet’suwet’en band councils support the pipeline, but the First Nation’s hereditary chiefs oppose its construction through the 22,000 square kilometres of their traditional territories.


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