BC Government Inspects CGL Site South of Houston

The Canadian Press, John Crawford

The BC government says it will inspect the site of the planned Coastal GasLink pipeline 80 kilometres southwest of Houston following allegations that the company is violating its permits.
Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and supporters have alleged Coastal GasLink is engaging in construction activity without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents unnecessarily.
The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources says in a statement the joint site inspection will be conducted by the province's Environmental Assessment Office and the BC Oil and Gas Commission next week.
The ministry says it anticipates it will take "some time'' to determine whether any non-compliances are evident.

The Wet'suwet'en say the pipeline company, with active complicity from the RCMP, is attacking their cultural practices and their way of life. 

The First Nation said in a release it is pursuing criminal charges into destruction of property and mischief by Coastal GasLink.

In a post on Facebook, representatives of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation Access Point accused Coastal GasLink workers of violently destroying Gidimt'en cultural infrastructure and personal property over the weekend by bulldozing traplines in the area.

[PHOTO:  Coastal GasLink representative reads court injunction to member of Wit'suwet'en First Nation -- Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook Page]

The company has insisted it is doing only "fully approved and permitted work" on the pipeline right-of-way.


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