Jan 27 2020

Statement from Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer

Posted by Coastal GasLink

"Today, Coastal GasLink is reiterating our request to meet and engage with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. Our first priority is to find a peaceful resolution to the issues at hand and to avoid enforcement of the injunction granted by the courts.

Coastal GasLink is under construction today across Northern British Columbia with over 1,000 people at work. The project is progressing on schedule and is planned for 2023 in-service date.

The project route being built is fully permitted and is the result of rigorous fieldwork and consultation with Indigenous and local communities. Coastal GasLink adjusted its original routing through extensive consultation with Indigenous groups in the area of the Morice River near Houston, including Wet’suwet’en leaders, to protect sensitive cultural areas.

To date, our schedule had not been significantly impacted by the blockade, and we have the ability to make up lost time. However, time is running short.

I am pleased that Premier John Horgan has appointed Nathan Cullen as a liaison between the Province and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and remain hopeful that the Chiefs will meet with Coastal GasLink and find a peaceful resolution to the current situation.”