Coastal GasLink told to consult further with Wet’suwet’en by B.C. environmental office

Coastal GasLink has been told by the B.C. government to consult further with members of the Wet’suwet’en who will be directly affected by the construction of a natural gas pipeline through their lands in northern B.C.

The province’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has given both the company and the Unist’ot’en clan 30 days to hold additional talks before Coastal GasLink resubmits a final report on the area surrounding the Morice River near Houston, B.C.

But the Ministry of Environment says the company is still allowed to engage in pre-construction work already underway at that site while the talks are held.

Coastal GasLink is building a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Dawson Creek to a LNG export facility in Kitimat, B.C., and was awarded an environmental certificate by the EAO in 2014.

That certificate came with conditions, one of which was to collect additional information on the area near the Morice River and how construction would impact the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre nearby.

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