CGL pipeline protesters vacate site to evade arrest: Release

Wet’suwet’en clan members and supporters left a blockade site in northern B.C. Monday to avoid being arrested by the RCMP, according to a news release from the protest camp.

Coastal Gaslink Pipeline (CGL), the company being blocked from its drill site on traditionalWet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C., said in a statement it will now resume work on a multi-million-dollar natural gas pipeline.

Protesters occupied the resistance camp dubbed “Coyote Camp” for two weeks in December in breach of a court injunction giving the company access.

Members of the clan and their supporters had evicted company workers and contractors to defend their land and rivers.

The RCMP raided their protest camps in 2019 and 2020.

The battle over the pipeline, which would deliver natural gas from eastern B.C. to a $40- billion export terminal on the West Coast, has been roiling since at least 2018.

CGL has said construction is 60 per cent complete.

Meanwhile the RCMP told APTN News its officers are patrolling the area outside the town of Houston and 1,000-km north of Vancouver, to ensure access to the site remains open.

Video Journalist / Kitimat Village, B.C.

Lee is a video journalist with APTN News, who shoots, reports and edits stories out of northern British Columbia. As a member of the Haisla Nation, Lee is proud to call Kitimat Village home again after living on Vancouver Island for 18 years. He has a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing stories through the lens of First Nations people.