RCMP say women arrested at Alton Gas site have been released

The RCMP say three women arrested at the Alton Gas site near Fort Ellis have now been released.

Police made the arrests Wednesday in order to enforce an injunction ordering an end to a blockade of the natural gas storage project.

A "temporary exclusion zone" and a road closure on Riverside Road was put in place, but that's since been lifted.

The RCMP say their Division Liaison Team met with the demonstrators at 9 a.m., and the two sides had an open dialogue for around three hours.

Police say in a news release, "When it was determined that the terms of the injunction were not going to be met voluntarily, discussions continued and members took three women into custody without incident for Civil Contempt of an Injunction Order."

Indigenous demonstrators have maintained a two-year blockade at the gate to halt the company's plan to use water from the Shubenacadie River to flush out salt deposits to create underground natural gas storage caverns and then dump the leftover brine into the river.

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia issued a temporary injunction last month ordering the demonstrators to move to a nearby fenced-in area.