Nova Scotia RCMP arrest three at Alton Gas protest site

The RCMP have arrested three people at a construction site north of Halifax, where Indigenous demonstrators and their supporters have maintained a two-year blockade to thwart a company's plan to create underground caverns to store natural gas.

The Mounties confirmed officers wearing body cameras were brought in Wednesday to enforce an injunction that orders demonstrators to move away from the main gate at the Alton Gas site near Fort Ellis, N.S.

The protesters are afraid the nearby Shubenacadie River will be polluted if the company is allowed to create the caverns by using water from the river to flush out salt deposits and then dump the leftover brine into the river.

Before the arrests were made, the Mounties blocked the road.

Last month, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia issued a temporary injunction against the demonstrators, saying they had to move to a nearby fenced-in area along Riverside Road.