[13] On February 19, 200 members of the Wetʼsuwetʼen community attended a meeting in Houston organized by the pro-pipeline The North Matters group. "[41], On February 11, 2020, the RCMP announced that the road to the construction site was cleared[42] and TC Energy announced that work would resume the following Monday. "Without our land, we aren't who we are. [61][64] Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) rail lines were also disrupted in downtown Toronto and south of Montreal. [5] Coastal GasLink is building a 670-kilometre pipeline from northeastern B.C. The Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Montney to LNG Canada's liquefaction facility under construction near Kitimat. Coastal GasLink’s pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. [34] However, all parties issued statements on February 4, 2020 that the talks had broken down. [61][62][63] The line is critical to the CNR network in Eastern Canada as CNR has no other east–west rail lines through Eastern Ontario. The $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline is a key piece of infrastructure for LNG Canada. [20] The then colony of British Columbia did not enter into treaties with First Nations peoples over much of its territory (one exception being the 1850–1854 Douglas treaties), including the Wetʼsuwetʼen people before joining Canada, and the chiefs claim that aboriginal title over the Wetʼsuwetʼen peoples' traditional land has not been extinguished as a consequence. of the route blocked by hereditary chiefs and enter into talks with the Wetʼsuwetʼen over the following 30 days. [50] Other protests took place in Nelson,[51] Calgary,[52] Regina,[53] Winnipeg,[54] Toronto,[55] Ottawa,[56] Sherbrooke,[57] and Halifax.[58][59]. Our first priority is the health & safety of our workforce and their families, as well as our Indigenous partners and local communities along the project route. [1] The natural gas transported by the pipeline will be converted into liquefied natural gas by LNG Canada in Kitimat and then exported to global markets. A conference between the Wetʼsuwetʼen, BC government and Canadian governments was held, leading to a provisional land rights agreement, however the pipeline project is still opposed by the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs. Once completed, the pipeline will have an initial capacity of 2.1 billion ft3/d and … Supreme Court", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coastal_GasLink_Pipeline&oldid=992858478, All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases, Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from July 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 14:02. The pipeline's route starts near Dawson Creek and runs approximately 670 kilometres (420 mi) south-west to a liquefaction plant near Kitimat. [35] On February 3, the Office of the Wetʼsuwetʼen asked for a judicial review of the environmental approval for the pipeline. Coastal GasLink (CGL) is a 670-kilometre pipeline that will deliver natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. Coastal GasLink is a project of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., the same subsidiary of TransCanada behind the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Wetʼsuwetʼen protesters blocked the Morice Forest Service Road that provides access to construction of the pipeline project. [39] The RCMP also detained several reporters and interfered with the freedom of the press. Despite protest blockades and the Covid-19 pandemic, work is nearly one-third finished on the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project across northern British Columbia (BC) for the LNG Canada … Protests targeted government offices, ports and rail lines. 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[29] The blockades were subsequently rebuilt. [23], Proponents of the project, who include the First Nations LNG Alliance, which says its elected leaders were not consulted about the pipeline by BC and UN human rights officials, point to agreed opportunities from indigenous contracting. At Coastal GasLink, nothing matters more than the health and safety of our people, their families & communities. The Coastal GasLink pipeline is a TC Energy natural gas pipeline under construction in British Columbia, Canada. Many were rail blockades, including the blocking of the main CNR rail line through Eastern Ontario. In the midst of a challenging year, Coastal GasLink is proud to look back at all that we have accomplished together. However, the MOU did not address the issue of the pipeline, and both construction and opposition by the Wetʼsuwetʼen have continued. Download the Injunction Order (Jan. 7, 2020), Download the Revised Injunction Order (dated Jan. 4, 2019), Download the original interim Injunction (dated December 17, 2018). In spring 2020, Unistʼotʼen house group and Gidimtʼen clan members brought the attention of BC's Environmental Assessment Office to the fact that Coastal GasLink had not worked to ensure the preservation of wetlands areas along the pipeline's route. A linchpin of B.C.’s burgeoning liquefied natural gas industry, the roughly 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline will carry natural gas from northeast B.C. [44][45] After the hereditary chiefs made it a condition for talks with government, the RCMP closed their local office and moved to their detachment in Houston on February 22. The 2020 arrests sparked widespread protests across Canada in solidarity with the original protests. [66] Lawyers for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en cited the lack of meaningful accounting for the Final report on Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), published in June 2019, as well as the pipeline company's long history of non-compliance with the Environmental Assessment Office's own conditions and standards. Near Belleville, Ontario, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation began a blockade of the Canadian National Railway rail line just north of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on February 6, 2020,[60] causing Via Rail to cancel trains on their Toronto–Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes. environmental agency puts portion of Coastal Gaslink pipeline on hold", "Anti-pipeline protesters remain at B.C. [13], Approval was given by twenty elected First Nation band councils (including the Wetʼsuwetʼen elected band council) along the proposed route and the Government of British Columbia. COASTAL GASLINK PIPELINE PROJECT SETS NEW STANDARD WITH UNPRECEDENTED INDIGENOUS SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION. to the LNG Canada liquefaction facility in Kitimat, B.C., connecting clean, … On January 7, 2019, the RCMP conducted a raid and dismantled the blockades after CGL was granted an injunction by the BC Supreme Court, arresting several Wetʼsuwetʼen land defenders. ", "Snuneymuxw, Nanaimo residents stand in solidarity with Wetʼsuwetʼen in pipeline protest", "Day 4: RCMP continue enforcement against Wetʼsuwetʼen over pipeline injunction", "Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project does not fall within federal jurisdiction", "Wetʼsuwetʼen members speak in favour of Coastal GasLink pipeline", "Trudeau asks for patience as rail blockades continue, bars Scheer from leaders' meeting", "A timeline on rail disruptions by anti-pipeline protesters across Canada", "RCMP 'temporarily' close office on Wet'suwet'en land, chief says more talks next week", "B.C. But we are involved, we have been consulted and we will ensure there are benefits for all First Nations. Coastal GasLink is committed to creating an extraordinary legacy of safety and respect for communities and the environment. As a result of the 1997 Delgamuukw v British Columbia court case of the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en peoples, comprehensive consultations are required for major projects in traditional lands. [16], The project is opposed by the hereditary chiefs of the Wetʼsuwetʼen, other First Nations peoples, and environmental activists. Coastal GasLink values the culture, lands and traditions of Indigenous groups and we are proud of the strong relationships we’ve built with local & Indigenous communities along the route. [31], Protests sprang up across Canada in solidarity with the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs. The construction of Coastal Gaslink was expected to cost over US$6.6 billion, and once the pipeline was in operation, an additional US$42 million was forecast to be spent each year The Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline is a 670-kilometre-long (420 mi) natural gas pipeline designed to carry natural gas from mines in north-eastern British Columbia to a liquefaction plant located at the … [8] The deal was closed May 25, 2020. The energy industry "want to take, take, take. "Bringing down the blockades doesn't mean that you surrender. Coastal GasLink has signed benefit agreements with the 20 elected First Nations councils along the route, including five of the six elected band councils in the Wet’suwet’en nation. legislature ahead of throne speech", "Nelson residents gather in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen chiefs", "Wetʼsuwetʼen support rally blocks Calgary's Reconciliation Bridge", "More than 100 Reginans rally in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen pipeline protest", "Wetʼsuwetʼen support protest to shut down Portage Avenue on Monday", "Protesters opposing B.C. The pipeline will transport natural gas to the approved LNG Canada facility near Kitimat. [31] This injunction was extended by the B.C. October 2 Updated . Environment: Production Version: 4.6.0.2473, twitter [37] The largest of those camps is Unistʼotʼen Camp, directly in the proposed path of the pipeline, established in 2010 as a checkpoint, which has since added a healing centre. Coastal GasLink will safely deliver natural gas from northeastern B.C. Coastal GasLink Pipeline Limited provides utility construction services. And they aren’t taking no for an answer. Other protests blocking rail lines halted service on Via Rail's Prince Rupert and Prince George lines, running on CNR tracks. The 420-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline would carry … [30] The Société du Chemin de fer de la Gaspésie (SCFG) freight railway between Gaspé and Matapedia was blockaded on February 10 by members of the Listuguj Miꞌgmaq First Nation. [43] On February 21, 2020, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) served notice that Coastal GasLink must halt construction on a segment[which?] The land is us and we are the land." In the midst of a challenging year, Coastal GasLink is proud to look back at all that we have accomplished together. facebook Supreme Court hears petition for judicial review of Coastal GasLink certificate. to Kitimat, where it will be liquefied for transport overseas. [9] As of August 2020, construction of the pipeline is underway. Protests began with the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs that oppose the project (including 8 out of 9 sitting house chiefs) and other land defenders blocking access to the pipeline construction camps in Wetʼsuwetʼen territory. Sign up to receive the latest updates on the project's construction. [12] According to Coastal GasLink, the company has held over 120 meetings with the hereditary chiefs since 2012 and over 1,300 phone calls and emails. CGL resumed construction after the RCMP cleared Wetʼsuwetʼen from the access road. Its route passes through several First Nations peoples' traditional lands, including some that are unceded. The assessment office found that the company's wetland management plan had not been followed in any of the 42 wetlands areas affected by construction, and issued another non-compliance order on June 16, 2020. [61][64] Protests on the CNR line west of Winnipeg additionally blocked the only trans-Canada passenger rail route. [19] One of the hereditary chiefs Freda Huson is the main organizer of the Unist'ot'en Camp and one of the main opponents of the project. [19] The blockade by the Tyendinaga Mohawks was not organized by the band leadership, while the Haudenosaunee Confederacy external relations committee issued a statement condemning the "RCMP Invasion". The Coastal GasLink pipeline is set to carry gas from the Dawson Creek area in northeast B.C. Safety is our number one value. pipeline protests continue to halt Ontario trains for 5th day in a row", "VIA Rail Passenger Trains Impacted by Tyendinaga Mohawk Blockade", "Protests shut down Ontario rail lines in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen Nation", "Pipeline demonstration halts service on Exo's Candiac line in Montreal", "Trudeau will not direct police to break up pipeline protests, sticks to negotiated strategy", "B.C. [37][38] The arrests included protest organizers Karla Tait, Freda Huson and Brenda Michell. energy and resources. The Coastal GasLink pipeline is a TC Energy natural gas pipeline under construction in British Columbia, Canada. I think they did. Here’s your chance to get the answers to frequently asked questions including information about construction, jobs and safety. The hereditary chiefs of the Wetʼsuwetʼen opposed the project, while the elected band councils supported it, leading to a call for "a cohesive voice". Although approved by 20 First Nations' elected councils, the hereditary chiefs of the Wetʼsuwetʼenpeople withheld their approval o… [26] Columnist John Ivison suggested that the situation highlights a need to move on a legislative framework for restructuring authority between the elected councils mandated by the Indian Act and traditional hereditary governments.[28]. The end of the Coastal GasLink pipeline is marked by the Kitimat Meter Station, a facility that will measure natural gas to be delivered to the LNG Canada plant, and at the end of 2020, construction of this facility will be mostly complete. No, it would show compassion. On January 10, the Wetʼsuwetʼen and RCMP came to an agreement to allow access. The end of the Coastal GasLink pipeline is marked by the Kitimat Meter Station, a facility that will measure natural gas to be delivered to the LNG Canada plant, and at the end of 2020, construction of this facility will be mostly complete. [7] In December 2019, investment management firm Aimco and private equity firm KKR entered into an agreement to buy a 65% equity interest in the project for an estimated CA$600 million. B.C. Eventually, talks with government led to a memorandum of understanding over land rights and title between the Canadian government, the BC government, and the nine sitting house chiefs of the Wetʼsuwetʼen. 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