British Columbia

Coastal GasLink stops work on pipeline in northern B.C., says traps placed on site

In a notice posted on its website Thursday, the company says it halted work in an area south of Houston, B.C., because traps had been placed inside construction boundaries and people were entering the site, raising safety concerns.

Company blames shutdown on hunters accessing animal traps within work boundaries

RCMP officers look on as contractors pass through their roadblock as supporters of the Unist'ot'en camp and Wet'suwet'en First Nation gather at a camp fire off a logging road near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

Coastal GasLink has stopped work on a pipeline project in northwestern B.C. where 14 people were arrested earlier this month.

In a notice posted on its website Thursday, the company says it halted work in an area south of Houston, B.C., because traps had been placed inside construction boundaries and people were entering the site, raising safety concerns.

The company says it was working with the RCMP to address the issue.

Earlier this week, the Unist'ot'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation alleged on social media that pipeline contractors had driven a bulldozer through the heart of one of their traplines south of Houston, which they say violates the Wildlife Act by interfering with lawful trapping.

The company says its work in the area has been fully approved and permitted, and it reminded the public that unauthorized access to an active construction site where heavy equipment is being used can be dangerous.

The pipeline will run through Wet'suwet'en territory to LNG Canada's planned $40 billion export facility in Kitimat, on B.C.'s North Coast.

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