The Globe and Mail reports in its Thursday edition that protesters blocking access to the site of TransCanada's proposed natural gas pipeline in the B.C. Interior say they will comply with a court injunction by Thursday afternoon and give access to construction workers, days after the RCMP arrested 14 people. A triple-bylined item led by Justine Hunter quotes Jeff Brown, one of the five hereditary clan chiefs within the Wet'suwet'en Nation, cautioning that much will hinge on a meeting between the RCMP and Wet'suwet'en hereditary leaders on Thursday morning.
The agreement follows talks with the RCMP and a demand that police not interfere with residents of a healing lodge on the blockade site and that members of the Wet'suwet'en clans continue to have access to the backcountry for trapping. B.C. Premier John Horgan said the protest against construction of the pipeline, crucial to the province's launch of a liquefied natural gas industry, will not stop the project, saying it has sufficient consent from first nations to proceed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the arrests of people supporting the protest by members of Wet'suwet'en First Nation earlier this week were unfortunate, but the rule of law must be respected.
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