Courts extend Coastal GasLink injunction in Morice River area
Coastal GasLink says Tuesday's court decision to extend an injunction against members of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and others will allow pipeline workers continued safe access to worksites in the Morice River area south of Houston.
Justice Marguerite Church ruled the company has the permits and authorizations for the project and has satisfied the requirements for an interlocutory injunction.
The ruling extends a temporary injunction issued just over a year ago, which was enforced by the R-C-M-P in January of last year, resulting in 14 people being arrested and sparking protests around the world.
Coastal GasLink says it remains focused on constructing the 6.6-billion-dollar project safely and with respect for its Indigenous partners and local communities along the route.
In a statement, the company says it will continue to abide by the terms of the Access Protocol agreed with Dark House and the Unist’ot’en Camp for access beyond the Morice River bridge.
The company has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the route, but members of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs say the project doesn't have their consent, and therefore has no authority to go ahead.
In her ruling Tuesday, Justice Church also said there is evidence to indicate that the defendants have engaged in deliberate and unlawful conduct for the purpose of causing harm to the plaintiff and preventing it from constructing the pipeline.