HOUSTON - RCMP have released information to the public on what to expect Monday in the Houston area, regarding the enforcement of a court injunction.
As mentioned on Sunday, there will be an increase in police presence at the site near the Morice River Bridge and the area accessed by the Morice West Forest Service Road.
Mounties say the safety of the public and their officers is their number one concern. The media release states "It's important that there are officers available to respond should there be a need to attend to someone's safety or should there be a need to make an arrest. The additional resources will also be assisting with local day-to-day operations."
In a statement Sunday, Mounties said they want to assure residents that the day-to-day operations in the Houston area will be unaffected throughout the enforcement of the injunction.
There will be temporary exclusion zones and road closures set up. Both pedestrians and motorists will not be allowed into the exclusion zones, but the public can stand at the perimeter. Anyone motorists can ask the stationed officers for help in finding alternative routes.
A statement on the Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook page Sunday morning said, "Tensions are high this snowy morning in Northern BC. We are peaceful, we are strong, and we are resolved to assert our rights to make our own decisions about what happens in our own territories. We have participated in your consultation processes and our answer has been, and always will be NO."
On December 14th, 2018 an interim injunction was granted to Coastal GasLink through the BC Supreme Court to move ahead with pre-construction activities, which were blocked by the camp next to the Morice River Bridge. Coastal GasLink is a 670-kilometre (420 mile) pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat. The injunction order gave protesters 72 hours to “remove any obstructions, including but not limited to gates, they have caused or created on the Morice River Bridge or the Morice West Forest Services Road. If such obstructions are not removed within 72 hours, the Plaintiff is at liberty to remove those obstructions, including any gates.”
Any regular service calls in the Houston area should be directed to Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 (non-emergency) or dial 9-1-1 if it's an emergency.
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