Pacific NorthWest LNG Requests Squamish Nation Removal of Oil Canoes

BC’s energy and mines minister John Horgan wants the anti-pipeline group Squamish Nation to remove the oil canoes from the site of an oil pipeline. The Coast GasLink Pipeline, the subject of a blockade…

Pacific NorthWest LNG Requests Squamish Nation Removal of Oil Canoes

BC’s energy and mines minister John Horgan wants the anti-pipeline group Squamish Nation to remove the oil canoes from the site of an oil pipeline.

The Coast GasLink Pipeline, the subject of a blockade near a portion of the pipeline route, sent us this statement about the matter.

“The Squamish Nation has agreed to meet with government leaders, including B.C. Energy and Mines Minister John Horgan, on Monday to determine next steps. At this time, talks continue.

“We are extremely pleased that the Squamish Nation has acknowledged that the project is in the public interest and that it will contribute over $100 million a year in revenues to the region, and economic growth, to create local jobs for local workers and small businesses. The Squamish Nation has also said that it will not attempt to disrupt construction and development on the pipeline route.

“Oil canoes are extremely dangerous to navigable waters and harmful to mammals that might be exposed to them. It’s also illegal to block transit rights of way in public waters. Therefore, Coast GasLink has instructed the Squamish Nation to remove the canoes from the waters of the Peace River. They will not be allowed to remain on the site.”

– with files from Canadian Press

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