RCMP have opened their roadblock on a remote forest road in northern B.C., allowing access to a camp that has been the focal point of a First Nations protest against a proposed natural gas pipeline, about 300 kilometres west of Prince George.
After a 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. Police them entered a fortified checkpoint at the Gidimt’en camp and arrested 14 people.
The Mounties are enforcing a court injunction granting workers with the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project access to a road and bridge from which they had been blocked by opponents of the project. The pipeline project is run by TransCanada Corp., now officially known as TC Energy, and is meant to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the coast, where a liquefied natural gas project is scheduled for construction.
Elders, supporters and media are now moving to the Unist’ot’en camp, where they will present further details of the agreement.