RCMP checkpoint the latest flashpoint in northern B.C. gas pipeline dispute

Amid temperatures closing in on -40 C, both sides of a dispute over a proposed natural gas pipeline through northern B.C. are digging in.

The RCMP moved in Monday to set up an “access control checkpoint” over a key service road leading to a Coastal GasLink work site near Houston B.C. The work is part of a $6.6 billion project meant to feed the $40 billion LNG Canada export plant being built near Kitimat.

A B.C. Supreme Court injunction issued late last month ordered that any and all obstacles to pipeline construction be removed, though it remains unclear when or if police will enforce it.

Hereditary chiefs with the Wet’suwet’en Nation oppose the project, saying it violates Indigenous law and does not have consent.

The Wet’suwet’en and supporters have set up their own camp along the road, and allegedly cut down trees to block access.

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