Blockade Charges Dropped

Kathy Brookes/Canadian Press

Criminal contempt charges have been dropped against 14 people arrested at the Gidimt'en checkpoint on the Morice River Road southwest of Houston in January.

The checkpoint was set up to block access to Wet’suwet’en territory further down the road by crews working on the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Contractors were preparing for the construction of living quarters for workers. 

The group appeared in court in Prince George today and contempt charges were dropped, with the B.C. Prosecution Services saying there wasn't enough evidence for a substantial likelihood of conviction.

The prosecution service has approved a charge of assaulting a police officer with a weapon -- against one person.

RCMP were enforcing an interim injunction obtained by Coastal GasLink when they made the arrests on January 7th.

The arrests triggered protests across the country.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is designed to supply LNG Canada's planned liquefaction plant and export facility at Kitimat.

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