Coastal GasLink issued the following statement following the re-opening of the Morice Forest Service Road:
“We are extremely disappointed enforcement was required to re-open the Morice River Forest Service Road but will redouble efforts to engage with the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and with the Unist’ot’en in search of a peaceful, long term resolution that benefits the Wet’suwet’en people.
Coastal GasLink recognizes the benefits the Healing Center provides to members of the Wet’suwet’en community and will continue to support its operation by doing all we can to ensure the safety of those staying at the Center. Respect for the Healing Center includes abiding by key terms of the Access Protocol including speed management and by providing advance notice of Coastal GasLink workers who will cross the Morice River Bridge while entering Dark House traditional territory.
This week will see the recommencement of construction activities in Wet’suwet’en territory and the return to work of many members of the Wet’suwet’en community. Members of the Wet’suwet’en community will be heavily involved in the upcoming Spring and Summer construction programs and the coming years as the project advances.
In addition, Coastal GasLink will continue progressing the opportunity for partner Indigenous communities to become equity owners in our project and will also continue our efforts to deliver over $1 billion in economic benefits, training, and employment to northern Indigenous communities.”