A First Nation clan in northern British Columbia (B.C.) has blocked access to a natural gas pipeline site after declaring the gas line crew to be trespassers on its territory.
The Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation set up a roadblock that prevented surveyors for Apache Canada’s Pacific Trails Pipeline from accessing the ongoing project northwest of Kitimat, B.C.
Apache Canada’s Pacific Trails Pipeline spokesman Paul Wyke confirmed November 21, 2012 that First Nation clan members asked surveyors to leave the area. He said the workers complied with the demand.
“The Unis’tot’en clan has been dead-set against all pipelines slated to cross through their territories, which include PTP (Pacific Trails Pipeline), Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and many others,” Freda Huson, a spokesperson for the clan, said in a statement to media.
Wyke said that despite the resistance from the Unis’tot’en clan, the pipeline project has the support of at least 16 Aboriginal groups along the route. Consultations continue with other Aboriginal groups in the area, he said.
The area northwest of Kitimat, B.C. is expected to be the future home of an Apache Canada liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and the tanker port for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
The $1-billion Pacific Trails Pipeline would deliver natural gas from northern B.C. and Alberta to the LNG terminal for shipment overseas.
The pipeline, owned by Apache Corp., Encana and EOG Resources, passed an environmental assessment in 2008. Construction of the pipeline was scheduled to begin in 2012 with an operation date set for 2015.