The proposed pipeline is meant to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the coast, where a liquefied natural gas project is scheduled for construction.
Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation established the camps with fortified checkpoints, saying Coastal GasLink workers can only pass if they have consent from hereditary leaders.
Chiefs in discussions
The hereditary chiefs spent several hours on Tuesday meeting with the RCMP and among themselves to talk about next steps.
In an open letter posted on the company’s website, Coastal GasLink president Rick Gateman wrote it was “unfortunate the RCMP were forced to take this action.”
“We took legal action as a last resort and only after six years of unsuccessful efforts to find a mutual solution,” the letter reads in part.
“We respect the rights of individuals to peacefully express their point of view, as long as their activities do not disrupt or jeopardize the safety of the public, our employees, our contractors, and even themselves.”