Coastal GasLink files injunction to end bridge blockade

Coastal GasLink says it has filed an application for an injunction order with the British Columbia courts in order to gain access to the Morice River bridge, as well as the public access roads beyond the bridge.

Last week, a small group of Coastal GasLink team members were denied access to the bridge, approximately 60 kilometres southwest of Houston by a camp blockade.

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The company said Thursday it needs access to the public road to begin necessary construction activities for the $6.2 billion pipeline that will connect gas supplies in northeast B.C. with an LNG export terminal at Kitimat following LNG Canada’s decision to proceed with the LNG project.

As required by B.C. Supreme Court Civil rules, the application and other court documents were served on the individuals involved in the blockade.

“This decision was not taken lightly,” Coastal GasLink said in a news release. “Unfortunately, after years of attempting to engage the blockade to work through a solution, this step has become a last resort and a necessary action in our efforts to safely gain access to the area.”

The company said it will continue to keep the lines of communications open to find a mutually-agreeable solution as it has in the past. “At this point in time, we must focus our attention on taking the necessary legal steps in our application for an injunction order through the court system.”

Coastal GasLink said it has 20 signed project agreements that reflect that many First Nations support responsible development, and growth that translates into real opportunities.

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