RCMP establish ‘access control checkpoint’ as tensions rise over Northern B.C. gas pipeline

Tensions over a disputed Northern B.C. pipeline ratcheted up another notch on Monday, when RCMP moved to block the Morice West Service Road.

The remote forest service road leads to a key work site for the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project.

Police have given no indication if and when they plan to enforce an injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court late last month, asserting CGL’s right to continue work on the project.

In a statement posted Monday afternoon, police said B.C RCMP commander Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Stratchan had been “involved in a series of meetings that have taken place or are being scheduled with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, Elected Councils and other stakeholders.”

It also confirmed it had set up an “access control checkpoint” at the 27-kilometre mark of the forest service road “to mitigate safety concerns related to the hazardous items of fallen trees and tire piles with incendiary fluids along the roadway.”

Last week, opponents of the project allegedly felled a number of trees to disrupt access and left flammable materials piled in the road, prompting a police investigation.

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