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Jan 4 2022

Coastal GasLink statement on worksite access – Morice River drill site

Posted by Coastal GasLink

Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 – 12:35 p.m. PST

On Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, Coastal GasLink confirmed opposition groups had departed the Marten Forest Service Road and Morice River drill site. Work is safely resuming along the Coastal Gaslink project route after the holiday break. Our primary concern remains for the safety of everyone involved.

Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 - 12:45 p.m. PST

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, a group of approximately 10-12 camouflaged and masked opponents took over the Marten Forest Service Road and Morice River drill site. The opponents threatened Coastal GasLink security officials with violence, damaged trucks with clubs and fired flares and bear bangers. The security officials subsequently left the site for fear of their safety and RCMP have been notified of these illegal activities.

Coastal GasLink is increasingly concerned about the safety of our workforce and the public following this escalation in unlawful and dangerous activities by opponents that have put people, property, and the environment at risk. An enforceable B.C. Supreme Court injunction is in place to address illegal activities and allow Coastal GasLink to continue with our fully permitted work.

As this situation evolves, we remain in close contact with our prime contractor and workforce. Our work is lawful, authorized, fully permitted and has the unprecedented support of local and Indigenous communities and agreements in place with all 20 elected First Nation councils across the 670 km route. Coastal GasLink is almost 60% complete, and construction is active throughout the remainder of the corridor. 

Coastal GasLink continues to actively monitor the current situation and will continue to provide updates as they become available. Our primary concern remains for the safety of everyone involved.

Read our November 2021 statement on worksite access.