CGL Crews Halt Work South of Houston Over Safety Concerns

John Crawford

Citing concerns over the safety of its workers, Coastal GasLink says it's halted work in an area south of Houston, due to the placement of traps on the construction site.

The company issued a notice late yesterday, saying it was currently working with the R-C-M-P to address the issue.

The area has been the focus of controversy, where members of the Unist'ot'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have been trying to block access to their traditional territories, saying Coastal GasLink does not have permission to build a pipeline through the area.

Earlier this week, the Unist'ot'en posted on their Facebook page that Coastal GasLink contractors had driven a bulldozer through the heart of one of their traplines south of Houston, which they say is in violation of  the Wildlife Act by interfering with lawful trapping.

The company says its work in the area has been fully approved and permitted. 

It says accessing an active construction site where heavy equipment is working can also be dangerous for those who are on the site unauthorized.


Update: January 24, 2019

Fully approved and permitted work was shut down today due to safety concerns arising from a number of individuals entering an active construction site and the continued placement of traps on the construction site.

Safety is our top priority. Accessing an active construction site where heavy equipment is at work and placing traps in an active construction site poses a threat to our people as well as those on the site unauthorized.

Coastal GasLink is working with the RCMP to address this matter.

Further questions should be directed to the RCMP.

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