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Work resumes on Canadian pipeline

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According to Reuters, construction of the CAN$6.6 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline has resumed.

This follows the news that an indigenous group that opposes the project had ordered workers off their territory. Specifically, some leaders of the Wet’suwet’en people claim the project interferes with their hunting and trapping rights.

Many other indigenous groups along the pipeline are in favour of the project, because it will create both jobs and long-term financial benefits.

The pipeline will transport gas from northeast British Columbia (B.C.) to the Pacific Coast, where it will feed the LNG Canada export project. The pipeline will be operated by TC Energy Corp., while Royal Dutch Shell will lead the LNG Canada project. Reuters reports that the export facility is still under construction.

According to Reuters, the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction last week against blockades preventing access for workers, after protests in 2019 ended in arrests. The Wet’suwet’en Nation reportedly rejected the decision, and said last week that it had issued an ‘eviction notice’ to Coastal GasLink from its territories.

Reuters reports that work has now resumed after the holidays. This work includes clearing, construction of work camps and pipe delivery. Nevertheless, in a statement, Coastal GasLink did say that it would hold off from resuming work on one particularly sensitive site known as Camp 9A. Last year, Wet’suwet’en claimed that they discovered stone tools on this site that are thousands of years old.

Although Coastal GasLink has requested a meeting with the hereditary chiefs, one of the opponents has tweeted that they would not meet with the company, and will only meet with government and police officials.

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