Resistance destroys Canadian pipeline site as Police Blocked.. Millions Damage.. No arrests or injuries

Direct Action protesters reportedly caused millions in damages and evicted workers at the -illegal- pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. With no arrests police suspect either local indigenous to the pipeline on their land, or outside climate extinction activists, or even a professional

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Violent protesters reportedly left a Coastal GasLink pipeline worksite in Houston, British Columbia in ruins, causing millions of dollars in damages in what the company claimed was a “highly planned” and “unprovoked” assault on its property.

The controversial pipeline has come under attack before, facing multiple blockades last year. Authorities have attempted to enforce court injunctions, arresting demonstrators in 2019 and 2020. A more recent blockade by one of the local Wet’suwet’en Nation, who have never ceded their lands to anyone, stranded 500 workers near the site, leaving a bridge partially destroyed. 

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About 20 vandals cut the lock off a gate late Wednesday night, before entering the worksite and surrounding Coastal GasLink employees, according to a statement issued by the company on Thursday. Some of the demonstrators allegedly wielded axes, destroying trucks, sheds, and other property. “Flare guns were also fired at workers,” the statement claimed.

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Photos from the site show massive earth-moving equipment lying on its side, trailers hacked to pieces, and other equipment so thoroughly destroyed as to be unrecognizable. The intruders allegedly cut hydraulic and fuel lines as well, leaving Coastal GasLink scrambling to contain the impact on the surrounding environment.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who attempted to respond to distress calls from the worksite, were stymied by blockades made up of downed trees, spiked boards, and stumps covered in tar, according to a statement published by the force on Thursday. As the officers attempted to clear the road, they were hit with smoke bombs and flaming torches before the protesters fled, police said.

Despite the weapons wielded by the attackers and the considerable damage done to the worksite, however, no pipeline employees or police officers were reported injured. The RCMP, which made no arrests upon arriving at the site, has asked for assistance in identifying the vandals.

The controversial pipeline has come under attack before, facing multiple blockades last year. Authorities have attempted to enforce court injunctions, arresting demonstrators in 2019 and 2020, but a more recent blockade by one of the local Wet’suwet’en Nation clans stranded 500 workers near the site, leaving a bridge partially destroyed. 

police photo

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On that occasion the Police ultimately staged a “rescue mission” to evacuate the pipeline workers, claiming they were nearly out of essential supplies. However, the clan conducting the blockade accused the RCMP of preventing their own supplies from being delivered.

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The pipeline is intended to carry natural gas to Kitimat, where it will be processed and exported. However, the project is only 60% complete, and clan elders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation continue to oppose it.

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, shortly after midnight, Houston RCMP was called to the Marten Forest Service Road (FSR) after Coastal Gas Link (CGL) security reported acts of violence at their work site.

It was reported approximately 20 people, some armed with axes, were attacking security guards and smashing their vehicle windows. It was initially reported that some CGL employees were trapped, but all had managed to safely leave the area.

statement issued by the Police.. extracts

….Upon police attendance at the 41 km mark, the roadway had been blocked with downed trees, tar covered stumps, wire, boards with spikes in them, and fires had been lit throughout the debris. As police worked their way through the debris and traps, several people threw smoke bombs and fire lit sticks at the police…..

At the 43 km mark, an old school bus blocked the road. No one was located in this area and with the assistance of CGL, the bus was cleared from the road and police continued on.

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When police arrived at the drill pad at the 63 km mark, they found significant damage had been done to heavy machinery, fencing, and portable buildings. Police did not encounter any further blockades or protestors as they made their way to the drill pad nor did they locate anyone at the site. The cost of damage done is extensive as seen in the photos……..

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