Nathan Cullen Appointed Pipeline Dispute Liason

Kathy Brookes

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley M.P. Nathan Cullen will act as an intermediary in efforts to resolve the Coastal GasLink dispute.

Premier John Horgan has appointed Cullen as a liason between the Province and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs. A news release says he will provide fact-finding, facilitation and analysis to support a peaceful resolution. 

His focus will be on de-escalating the conflict over access by the pipeline builder to the Morice West Forest Service Road. In his role, he will work with the Wet'suwet'en Denezeh and Tsakozeh, the RCMP, Coastal GasLink, the provincial public service and other parties. 

The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs insist Coastal GasLink does not have their consent to build the pipeline to the LNG Canada project across their territory south of Houston, while the company says it has agreements with 20 elected First Nations governments along the route and the B.C. government and B.C. Supreme Court say it has the required permits. 

Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer said Monday that the delays south of Houston haven't affected the overall timetable for completing the pipeline yet, but time is running out.

In a statement, he said he was pleased about Cullen's appointment.

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