Topic: coastal gaslink pipeline

Chief raises concerns over heavily armed RCMP officers on Wet'suwet'en territory

A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief is raising concerns about police presence at a smokehouse which is traditionally used to prepare food. RCMP officers with assault rifles were captured on camera patrolling the area on June 10 and June 18.
Opinion

Pipelines won't solve pandemic, economic woes, coalition says

The Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition challenges the oil industry opinion that pipeline expansion would mitigate pandemic and economic struggles.

Coastal GasLink building 900-bed work camp for pipeline crews, west of Prince George

Coastal GasLink is starting work on a 900 person work camp for pipeline crews in Vanderhoof, west of Prince George, in partnership with 2 local First Nations.

Oil and gas drilling forecast revised to lowest level in nearly 50 years

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has revised its 2020 Canadian drilling forecast to an almost 50-year record low of 3,100 oil and gas wells, a level not seen since 2,900 wells were drilled in 1972.

Coastal GasLink pipeline construction resumes with draft accord set between chiefs, ministers

Work has resumed on a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia at the centre of protests that have disrupted both rail and road traffic across the country, but questions remain about how opponents to the project will react to workers and the RCMP re-entering Wet'suwet'en territory.

Wet'suwet'en chiefs, ministers reach tentative arrangement over land title but debate over pipeline continues

A Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief and senior government ministers say they have reached a proposed arrangement to acknowledge land title rights established more than 20 years ago in a Supreme Court decision. 

Wet'suwet'en supporters of pipeline afraid their message not being heard

Bonnie George walked out of the Office of the Wet'suwet'en holding her hands up in the air in a triumphant gesture. Just hours earlier, the Wet'suwet'en matriarch and former Coastal GasLink employee had complained about her voice not being heard.

There's no 'quick fix' in B.C. pipeline talks, says government liaison

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs met for a second day with senior government ministers over a pipeline dispute that's sparked protests and economic disruptions, but one participant warned against expecting a broad resolution on Friday to all the issues being discussed.

Indigenous solidarity protests held outside London's RCMP headquarters

London demonstrators continue to show their support for protesters standing against a natural gas pipeline in Northern B.C.. About 30 people gathered outside of RCMP offices in downtown London Monday afternoon to show their disapproval of the actions of both RCMP and OPP during protests across the country. 

Hereditary chiefs, protesters arrested at rail blockade in northern B.C., say witnesses

Several people, including at least one hereditary chief, were arrested at a railway blockade in northern B.C. Monday evening, according to witnesses at the scene.  

'Not an option': B.C. premier rejects calls to halt or cancel Coastal GasLink pipeline

John Horgan doubles down on his reasons for not meeting personally with hereditary chiefs, says those are discussions are best handled by Indigenous Relations Ministry.
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Law prof says Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have legal right to block pipeline

A Dalhousie University law professor says the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have the legal right to block a natural gas pipeline from being built on their land in northern B.C., but the legality of blockades beyond that territory is complicated.

'Shame on them': Dene National Chief condemns police use of force on Wet'suwet'en territory

Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya says the hereditary chiefs in B.C. have 'every right' to assert their laws on their traditional territory.

Pipeline approval record reveals conflict with Wet'suwet'en years in the making

The paper trail behind the Coastal GasLink pipeline's approval reveals a conflict with Indigenous leaders that was practically baked into the process long before the current protests that have shut down significant parts of Canada's rail system.

Trudeau, P.E.I. premier speak about B.C. pipeline protest at Confederation Bridge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with P.E.I. Premier Dennis King Monday to discuss the protest that took place on the Island's side of the Confederation Bridge over the weekend.

2 in 5 Canadians support Wet'suwet'en solidarity protesters — but half say yes to pipeline, new poll finds

A new poll by a national non-profit research institute finds that two in five Canadians support the Wet'suwet'en solidarity protesters, who have shut down bridges, ports, roads and rail lines across the country.  
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Wet'suwet'en supporters march through downtown Vancouver, blocking traffic and shutting down bridge

Wet'suwet'en supporters moved through downtown Vancouver Wednesday, blocking traffic and the Granville Bridge for several hours. 

Blockade supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs continues to halt rail traffic in northwestern B.C.

A protest near New Hazelton, B.C., in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, is blocking CN Rail's main line through the northern part of the province, halting transport between Prince George and Prince Rupert. 

Athletes, spectators wear T-shirts supporting the Wet'suwet'en at All Native Basketball Tournament

The conflict over a natural gas pipeline in Wet'suwet'en territory in northwestern B.C. was top of mind for many participants at the opening ceremony of the 61st annual All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert.

Calgarians rally on Reconciliation Bridge in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land supporters

Protesters drummed, smudged and held a round dance in front of the Calgary headquarters of the company behind a proposed pipeline project, one of many rallies across Canada in solidarity with residents of the B.C. First Nation who oppose the pipeline crossing their traditional land.

Winnipeg protesters lock arms in support of Wet'suwet'en fighting B.C. pipeline

Hundreds of protesters spilled onto Winnipeg's downtown streets Monday to defend land thousands of kilometres away in northern B.C. where Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and supporters are trying to stop the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Hundreds rally in Metro Vancouver and Victoria in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Hours after police arrested dozens of protesters for blockading port entrances in Vancouver and Delta, B.C., marches were held in Vancouver and Victoria in support of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and its fight against a pipeline.
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Wet'suwet'en supporters shut down Albert Street bridge in Regina

A group of people showing solidarity and protesting RCMP actions on Wet’suwet’en territory shut down Regina's Albert Street bridge on Saturday afternoon. 

Meeting with MP results in 'no progress,' says B.C. pipeline protester in Winnipeg

Wet'suwet'en supporters occupying Winnipeg MP Dan Vandal's office finally met with him Friday morning, but one of the protesters said there was "no progress."

Winnipeg protesters rally at MP's office in solidarity with northern B.C. pipeline opponents

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the office of a member of Parliament in Winnipeg Tuesday, opposing a pipeline in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink opponents build new camp near pipeline route

Supporters of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs blocking a pipeline route near Houston, B.C., have built a third camp on disputed land covered by a court order.

Indigenous pipeline supporters slam human-rights advocates over Coastal GasLink stance

The CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance says that the pipeline was approved through a democratic process that Indigenous people participated in freely, and neither the UN committee nor the B.C. commissioner consulted supportive Indigenous groups before taking a position.

Horgan offers to send minister for meeting with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Premier John Horgan still hasn't agreed to meet with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in person, but in a letter faxed on Monday, Horgan offered to send Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation for a meeting on Wednesday.

'I'm not being disrespectful, I'm just saying be realistic': Horgan defends not meeting Wet'suwet'en chiefs

Five hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project requested, but were not granted, an interview with Premier Horgan who is currently touring northern B.C.

Disrespectful that Horgan won't meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

It's disrespectful that Premier John Horgan won't meet with five hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline while he is touring northern British Columbia, says the highest-ranking chief.

Wet'suwet'en elder calls for dialogue as pipeline polarizes some in northern British Columbia

A natural gas pipeline project has polarized many communities across northern B.C. in a dispute that a Wet'suwet'en elder says he hopes will be resolved through dialogue.

Projects like Coastal GasLink offer 'life-changing' opportunities for First Nations: Haisla councillor

A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for Indigenous people and lifting communities from poverty, says an elected chief of a band that supports the project.

B.C. First Nation gives natural gas company one-time access to winterize site

Karla Tait says Coastal GasLink has six to eight hours for a work crew to winterize their personnel accommodations and equipment at Site 9A to avoid damages to the company's assets and the surrounding environment.

Coastal GasLink opponents monitor logging road as prospect of pipeline standoff grows

Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say they want to ensure an eviction notice issued by the chiefs to Coastal GasLink is respected, and they're monitoring the logging road leading to the company's pipeline work site in case the RCMP begin moving into the area to enforce an injunction against the project's opponents.

Coastal GasLink gives pipeline opponents 72-hour notice to clear way to worksite

Natural gas pipeline company Coastal Gaslink has posted an injunction order giving members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and their supporters 72 hours to clear the way toward its work site in northern British Columbia.

First Nation expects more police action after court sides with natural gas company over pipeline

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief Na'moks said he wasn't surprised that the court granted Coastal GasLink an interim injunction against members of the First Nation and others who oppose the pipeline.

B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against Wet'suwet'en protesters in pipeline standoff

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has issued an injunction against members of the Wet'suwe'ten Nation who have blocked access to a pipeline project inside their traditional territory in northern B.C.

B.C. man who tried to stop pipeline with his skidoo won't face contempt charge

An Indigenous man who tried to stop a $6 billion dollar pipeline project with his snowmobile had criminal contempt proceedings dropped Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George.

Wet'suwet'en members tell court they should have been consulted after artifacts found at pipeline worksite

Members of a Northern B.C. nation are arguing in court that they should have been consulted on an archaeological mitigation plan prepared by a natural gas company on their traditional territory.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary leaders level human rights complaint during speeches at United Nations forum

Hereditary leaders from the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern B.C. told the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Wednesday their human rights are being violated by pipeline development on their territory.

Report on artifacts found at pipeline site 'deeply misleading,' Unist'ot'en supporters say

Commission says the place where two Unist'ot'en supporters found stone tools at a Coastal GasLink camp near Houston in B.C.'s northern Interior was 'likely not their original location,' following an investigation by archaeologists.

Defendants accuse Coastal GasLink of trying to 'subvert authority' of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Freda Huson and hereditary chief Smogelgem, the individuals named in the Coastal GasLink injunction case, filed their response in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, opposing the company’s application for an injunction.

Prospective workers outweigh protesters, claims pipeline company rep

Coastal GasLink has been holding a series of job fairs and networking events this year in Northern B.C. towns and Indigenous communities to connect job seekers with contractors connected to its pipeline's construction.

B.C. gas pipeline on hold as company investigates Indigenous artifacts claim

The Unist'ot'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation says it found two stone tools where Coastal GasLink is currently building the camp that will house workers near Houston in B.C.'s northern Interior.

TransCanada profit and revenue rise as oil and gas pipeline flows strengthen

Higher volumes from its growing stable of oil and gas pipelines in the United States and Canada drove improvements in fourth-quarter earnings, TransCanada Corp. reported Thursday.

B.C., Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs begin new reconciliation process

A joint statement Thursday said that the government and the Office of the Wet'suwet'en are undertaking a process focused on Wet'suwet'en title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.

Judge asks B.C. attorney general to intercede in Unist'ot'en arrests

Twelve of the 14 people arrested by RCMP last month for blocking Coastal GasLink's access to a proposed pipeline made their first appearance Monday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary leaders, supporters call for stop work order on Coastal GasLink pipeline

Work continues on the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. while Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership are still fighting the project, calling for a stop work order from the province.

TransCanada hires RBC to help sell up to 75% stake in Coastal GasLink pipeline

The Coastal GasLink pipeline project, designed to supply natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility on the West Coast at Kitimat is opposed by the Wet’suwet’en.

Wet'suwet'en complaints about pipeline builder to be probed by government, police

The British Columbia government says it will inspect the site of a planned natural gas pipeline southwest of Houston following allegations that the company building the project is violating its permits.

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.

Round dance for Wet'suwet'en occupies downtown Edmonton intersection

Rush hour drivers in downtown Edmonton saw an unusual traffic disruption Tuesday afternoon — a protest in a busy intersection.

Arcade Fire, July Talk among musicians to support anti-pipeline camps

More than 200 Canadian musicians and industry players are standing in solidarity with Indigenous people in northern B.C. who have been protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline on traditional territories.
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Wet'suwet'en arrests spark debate about Indigenous relations with RCMP

Conversations are brewing about the RCMP's treatment of protesters during an injunction enforcement in Wet'suwet'en territory. Some say the situation shows that relations between Indigenous people and the RCMP are not improving.

B.C. First Nations leaders lend their support to Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs at Smithers rally

First Nations leaders from communities across B.C. gathered in Smithers Wednesday in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership following last week’s RCMP enforcement of an injunction to allow access to their territory by a pipeline company.

B.C. chiefs gather in Smithers to support Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Hereditary chiefs opposed to a natural gas pipeline in Wet'suwet'en territory in Northern British Columbia are holding a gathering of solidarity on Wednesday that is expected to attract Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia.

Indigenous communities rally in support of B.C. pipeline protesters

Around 100 people marched in Fredericton in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protests Tuesday afternoon.

'We need to work together': Former Wet'suwet'en elected chief on moving on from pipeline protests

An Indigenous LNG advocate and former elected chief is raising concerns about the narrative around the recent pipeline protests in Northern B.C. and opposition to an LNG project on Wet'suwet'en traditional territory.

RCMP to conduct review of actions taken at Gidimt'en camp blockade

RCMP will conduct a review of what took place after officers entered a fortified checkpoint on a forest service road in northern B.C. where people at the Gidimt'en camp were barring a pipeline company from access.

'This is not what reconciliation looks like': Anti-pipeline protesters rally in St. John's

“People over pipelines” were the words being chanted Sunday afternoon, as human activists showed their support for Wet’suwet’en First Nation members protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C.

Hundreds march in Vancouver to protest Coastal GasLink pipeline

Protesters support Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief's opposition to northern B.C. pipeline.

People arrested at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline camp allege inappropriate use of force

The agreement reached Thursday between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over the enforcement of a injunction was spurred by concerns over the Mounties' use of force on people when entering the Gidimt'en camp on Monday.

Federal officials expected nationwide protest from RCMP action at Wet'suwet'en camp

Federal officials have long expected a nationwide fallout of protests from an eventual RCMP action against the Wet'suwet'en nation over the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, internal documents show.

Indigenous convoys slow Ontario highway traffic in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest

Two convoys of vehicles slowed traffic on stretches of Canada's busiest highway Friday morning in Ontario in a show of solidarity with an anti-pipeline protest in British Columbia.
Opinion

There are two kinds of Indigenous governance structures, but Canada has been listening to just one

The First Nations along the pipeline route who have signed benefit agreements are the chiefs and councils elected under the Indian Act. But hereditary chiefs assert sovereignty over the traditional territories through which GasLink aims to pass.

'Enough is enough': Winnipeg Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camp supporters rally at Portage and Main

Winnipeg supporters rallied at Portage and Main Thursday, in solidarity with people from a northern B.C. First Nation whose fight to keep out pipeline workers has drawn national attention.

Deal reached between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over road access for pipeline company

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say an agreement has been reached with RCMP over the enforcement of an interim injunction order to allow pipeline workers into the nation's traditional territory.

Coastal GasLink pipeline could face federal regulatory review

In addition to opposition from the hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en Nation, the proposed Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline faces another battle that it says could put the project at risk.

'National disgrace': Trudeau faces heated comments about pipelines, reconciliation in Kamloops town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a combative crowd in Kamloops, B.C. Wednesday night at a public town hall meeting dominated by questions about reconciliation with Indigenous communities and the future of several pipeline projects.

When pipeline companies want to build on Indigenous lands, with whom do they consult?

The tensions unfolding over a natural gas pipeline project in northern B.C. have raised questions about who a resource company should consult among Indigenous leaders when pursuing a major project: hereditary chiefs or elected band councils?

Justin Trudeau greeted by angry pipeline supporters and protesters in Kamloops

Protesters flanked the streets outside the hotel where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to speak at a Liberal party fundraiser.

RCMP, Wet'suwet'en reach tentative deal to let gas company workers through

A tentative agreement has been reached to allow workers for a natural gas pipeline company to access to an area in northern B..C. that had been the focal point of First Nations opposition to a pipeline project in their traditional territory.

Kitimat, B.C., mayor defends LNG project amid protests

Kitimat is one of the British Columbian cities at the heart of the Coastal GasLink project, which led to the arrest of protesters and nationwide rallies this week.
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B.C. premier 'confident' for peaceful resolution after arrests at Gidimt'en camp checkpoint

Fourteen people were taken into custody Monday at the barrier southwest of Houston, where members of the Gidimt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to construction across their territory.
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Hundreds rally across B.C. in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en pipeline blockades

Hundreds of people across British Columbia took part in rallies on Tuesday to support Wet'suwet'en Nation members in Northern B.C. The Wet'suwet'en has been blocking Coast GasLink pipeline workers from accessing a road near Houston, B.C.

Unist'ot'en camp awaits RCMP after injunction enforced at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline checkpoint

It remained to be seen Wednesday how the RCMP would enforce a court injunction that would grant the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project access to a road and bridge near Houston, B.C., that have been blocked by opponents of the project from the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
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Trudeau's meeting with Indigenous leaders changed venues after First Nations pipeline protest

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening remarks to Indigenous leaders attending an annual forum in Ottawa today were delayed after anti-pipeline protesters breached security at the venue to stage a sit-in.

Protesters across Canada support Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camps

Protesters across Canada have come out in support of people from a northern B.C. First Nation who have been preventing a natural gas pipeline company from accessing their traditional territory.

14 arrested as RCMP break gate at Gidimt'en camp checkpoint set up to stop pipeline company access

The RCMP have arrested 14 people and entered a fortified checkpoint on a forest service road in northern B.C. where people at the Gidimt'en camp were barring access to a pipeline company.

Hereditary chiefs in B.C. stand opposed to Coastal GasLink pipeline despite injunction

Hereditary chiefs and their supporters are standing their ground in a remote area of B.C., despite a court injunction saying they must move and grant access to a company trying to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Gidimt'en in northern B.C. anticipating RCMP action over anti-pipeline camp

Dozens of people are now living in a remote camp set up in northern B.C. in response to a recent injunction order from the B.C. Supreme Court to allow for pipeline pre-construction activities to take place in the area.

2nd camp set up to block pipeline company's access to Wet'suwet'en land

A second checkpoint has been put up on a remote B.C. forestry road to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, days after a court ordered that the first one must stop preventing the company from accessing the road and a bridge.

LNG Canada pipeline picks up steam as work camp contract awarded

Work camps to be set up from Dawson Creek, B.C., to the west coast on the condition that LNG export terminal in Kitimat is built.

TransCanada gets final permits for Coastal GasLink pipeline to Kitimat

TransCanada says it has secured the final permits to start construction of its Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will link gas fields in northeast B.C. to a proposed LNG export project in Kitimat.

RCMP planning mass arrests at pipeline protest camp, northern B.C chiefs fear

A dispute over energy projects and aboriginal rights is heating up at a pipeline protest camp in northern B.C. where First Nations leaders fear police are planning mass arrests.

TransCanada to build B.C. gas pipeline

Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. said Tuesday it has been chosen by Shell Canada Ltd. to build, own and operate a $4-billion natural gas pipeline across northern British Columbia.

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