No enforcement planned of court order: Coastal GasLink spokesperson

A spokesperson for Coastal GasLink said the company currently has no plans to enforce the court injunction allowing the company to remove the blockade restricting work on a natural gas pipeline southwest of Houston, B.C.

On Jan. 3 a group of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their supporters issued an "evacuation notice" for crews working on the $6.6 billion, 670-kilometre-long Coastal GasLink pipeline project connecting northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada natural gas export terminal in Kitimat.

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On Dec. 31, the B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an injunction allowing the company to remove barriers set up in the area of Morice River Bridge - located 47 km southwest of Houston - and the Morice River Forest Service Road.

Coastal GasLink has posted the injunction order on its website, however that does not indicate the company plans to act on the order, a spokesperson said in an email.

"As we have stated, we believe that dialogue is preferable to confrontation while engagement and a negotiated resolution remain possible," the spokesperson said.

Media reports that the company had given 72-hour notice of enforcement of the injunction are incorrect, the spokesperson added.


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