Deal reached in Shell LNG pipeline impasse in BC

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 13, 2019

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would run through the Wet'suwet'en territory to Kitimat, B.C., where LNG Canada is building a $40-billion export facility.

After day and a half of talks, Wet'suwet'en Nation hereditary chiefs reached an agreement with the RCMP that includes opening the area that had been off limits to supporters and the media since Monday, when police entered a blockade at the Gidimt'en camp and arrested 14 people.

"We look forward to future dialogue and continuing this relationship".

"One of the barriers will be taken down, but that does not mean we support this project", said Chief Na'Moks. He said the government was mindful of the opposition at the Unist'ot'en camp but has been in dialogue with the hereditary chiefs.

However, members of the First Nation opposing the pipeline say the company failed to get consent from its five house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected.

According to the agreement, company workers will be allowed to cross the bridge and RCMP will remove a roadblock that was preventing members of the nation from accessing a Unist'ot'en healing camp near the bridge.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to visit Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday and Cullen expected Trudeau would face some pointed questions during a townhall meeting in the evening. "We didn't know if they were going to come storm this gate next".

"The way we are doing resource development, construction, exporting of our resources is changing in this country", he said.

"This is the clash of two forms of government", he said in an interview Tuesday.

"This has been a British Columbia project and British Columbia direction but I feel that we as Canada really have concerns about making sure that we are moving the project of reconciliation forward", she said in Winnipeg. He emphasized it was not a deal with the company and the chiefs are still opposed to the project planned on their territory.

"We are also conscious that any delay can erode confidence in British Columbia and Canada to deliver energy projects", he said.

He said Wet'suwet'en band councils have authority over reserves and services, while hereditary chiefs control activities on their traditional territories.

"We recognize that it may not be possible to get unanimous support for a major infrastructure project in B.C., but we believe Canada's economy can not prosper without a growing and healthy resource sector".

Police officers were literally imposing a B.C. court order approved in favor of TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coast GasLink.

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