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Globe says chiefs agree to allow TransCanada access

2019-01-11 08:16 ET - In the News

The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation blocking access to the site of a proposed natural gas pipeline have reached a deal to comply with an interim court injunction to grant workers temporary entry to the area but remain "adamantly opposed" to the project. The Globe's Brent Jang and Andrea Woo write that John Ridsdale, hereditary chief of the Tsayu clan, said late Thursday that vehicles blocking the Morice River bridge will be removed. "We are the peaceful people," said Mr. Ridsdale, who also goes by Na'moks. The Globe says that 20 elected indigenous bands along the proposed pipeline route have signed project agreements with TransCanada, but a group backed by key Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs remains opposed. On Monday, Mounties arrested 14 people at a checkpoint on a logging road leading to the site, an action that galvanized support for the Wet'suwet'en across the country and triggered rallies in dozens of cities the following day. Mr. Ridsdale said the agreement builds on the tentative pact reached Wednesday, and will result in a metal gate remaining at the bridge, while still giving "soft access" to workers from TransCanada's Coastal GasLink.

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