Protesters blocking access to the site of a proposed natural gas pipeline in the British Columbia Interior say they will comply with a court injunction by Thursday afternoon and give access to construction workers, days after the RCMP arrested 14 people.
“For now, there is a peaceful resolution,” Jeff Brown, one of the five hereditary clan chiefs within the Wet’suwet’en Nation, said in an interview on Wednesday night. “The injunction said to grant access, so if we grant access, that should be good enough,” said Mr. Brown, who also goes by Madeek.
He cautioned that the timing of complying with the injunction will hinge on a meeting between the RCMP and Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders on Thursday morning. Mr. Brown made the comments after hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en announced the concession at a news conference near the site of the blockade.
The agreement follows talks with the RCMP and a demand that police not interfere with residents of a healing lodge on the blockade site and that members of the Wet’suwet’en clans continue to have access to the backcountry for trapping.
Earlier Wednesday, B.C. Premier John Horgan said the protest against construction of the pipeline, crucial to the province’s launch of a liquefied natural gas industry, will not stop the project, saying it has sufficient consent from First Nations to proceed.