RCMP say two Coastal GasLink blockaders were arrested this week for outstanding theft and mischief matters and possessing several items stolen from the company.
RCMP say they were called to the blockade on Shea Forest Service Road near Houston on Oct. 27, where police say protesters have been preventing essential supplies and services from getting into a work camp for several days.
"Houston RCMP have received several calls of complaints about the protest group allegedly committing acts of vandalism and thefts to CGL equipment in the area, even prior to the blockade outside the worker’s camp," RCMP stated in a release. "The Division Liaison Team have made numerous attempts to end the blockade peacefully through a negotiated settlement. However, those efforts have been unsuccessful."
Officers were called to the blockade on Oct. 27 to help keep the peace as Coastal GasLink workers evacuated the camp, RCMP said.
RCMP say two people were arrested that evening, including one for outstanding Criminal Code theft and mischief files, and a second for having been found in possession of several stolen items from Coastal GasLink equipment.
"The latter was conditionally released with a future court date, and the former is being held in custody to appear before the court on October 28, 2021," RCMP stated. "All other protesters blockading the Shea Forest Service Road peacefully vacated the area and no further arrests were made."
RCMP say officers will be proactively patrolling the forestry roads to ensure they remain open and unobstructed.