February 2020, Vol. 247, No. 2


Work Resumes on Canada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Construction of the $5 billion (C$6.6 billion) Coastal GasLink pipeline in western Canada has resumed, after an indigenous group that opposes the project had ordered its workers off their territory.  

Coastal GasLink, to be operated by TC Energy Corp, will move gas from northeast British Columbia to the Pacific Coast, where the Royal Dutch Shell-led LNG Canada export facility is under construction. 

Coastal GasLink faces opposition from some leaders of the Wet’suwet’en people, who say the project interferes with their hunting and trapping rights.  

The British Columbia Supreme Court granted an injunction against blockades preventing access for workers, after protests a year ago resulted in arrests. Wet’suwet’en Nation rejected the decision and said that it had issued an “eviction notice” to Coastal GasLink from its territories, according to Reuters. 

The company said in a statement it would delay resuming work on a site, known as Camp 9A, where Wet’suwet’en last year said they found stone tools that are thousands of years old. 

Coastal GasLink said it has requested a meeting with the hereditary chiefs.

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