On Jan. 14, 2020, Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer sent a follow-up letter to Chief Namox and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en reiterating his invitation to meet today, or at their convenience. It is unfortunate that Coastal GasLink did not receive a response from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en or Chief Namox.
Through media reports, we understand that Chief Namox would prefer a meeting with other levels of government on a variety of issues while Coastal GasLink’s interests deal solely with our fully permitted project which is currently under construction.
Coastal GasLink noted that in media reports from Jan. 16, 2020, Chief Namox continues to oppose the project and wishes to do so in a peaceful manner. Coastal GasLink is also concerned with safety and ensuring that people using the Morice River Forest Service Road can do so without risk.
The photographs that have been released previously showing half-cut trees and tire piles with accelerants do not give the appearance of peaceful opposition to our project and instead show dangerous obstructions to our crews, law enforcement officials, the public or protesters who are traveling along the Morice West Forest Service Road.
To this end, we would appreciate the opportunity to meet and understand the concerns of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and discuss the actions that are taking place behind the barricades.
Coastal GasLink remains committed to finding a lasting and peaceful resolution to the issues expressed by Chief Namox and other Hereditary Chiefs of the Office of the Wet’sutwet’en and remains willing to meet with the Chiefs at their convenience.