Wet'suwet'en Chiefs Continue opposition to CGL Pipeline

John Crawford
01/08/2020

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have demanded that the province immediately suspend all permits for the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territories.

In a news conference in Smithers yesterday, Chief Na'moks said that the world is watching -- and re-iterated there will be no access to Wet'suwet'en territory without consent.

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[Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs speaking in Smithers -- Dan Mesec/CTV]

Yesterday, Coastal GasLink extended an olive branch to the Hereditary Chiefs, saying in a news release it has written to Chief Na'moks, requesting a meeting to discuss issues of importance to the Hereditary Chiefs.

But the chief turned down the invitation.

"We will only meet with decision-makers; Coastal GasLink is merely a proponent and they are uninvited to this territory but we are willing to meet with the Government of British Columbia, Canada as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

"If there are going to be meetings, it will be between the decision-makers, that will be British Columbia, Canada and we would like to meet with the Commissioner of the RCMP -- we will not meet with local officials, we are the decision-makers on this land, we will only meet with the decision-makers."

Last week, a court injunction was granted to Coastal GasLink, and the company had said it planned to resume work in the area this week -- but yesterday said it preferred dialogue to confrontation and will delay workers returning to the area that's under dispute while a negotiated resolution remains possible.

The company also released aerial photos of the Morice Forest Service Road on its website, showing more than 100 trees have been felled in various locations along the route (see below).

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[An aerial survey Jan. 6 of KM 42 to KM 39 on the Morice River Forest Service road. More than 100 trees have been felled in various locations along the road south of Houston BC -- Coastal GasLink]

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