British Columbia

Jessica Wallace
Pipe for Kinder Morgan's planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is piled high on Mission Flats Road in Kamloops. Construction in the urban area of Kamloops is expected to begin in April 2020 and continue through to June 2021, subject to approvals. Photograph By DAVE EAGLES

Apr. 2, 2020

The company said it expects a peak of 240 workers, including a number of local and Indigenous people, on the job in Kamloops. Trans Mountain said it is working with the Kamloops Accommodation Association to identify interest and capacity at hotels, motels and RV parks

A Kamloops councillor is calling for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion construction to be postponed, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

James Peters
TMX construction site = Image Credit: CFJC Today
Apr 02, 2020

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops councillor is calling on federal and provincial officials to call a halt to Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline expansion construction within city limits.

Denis Walsh says expansion activities are scheduled to begin soon for TMX’s ‘Kamloops Urban Special Project’, which would lay new pipe beneath the Thompson River.

Walsh doesn’t think the project, which will require hundreds of construction workers, is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Hackett
RCMP officers cross the bridge leading to Unist'ot'en Camp in Wet'suwet'en territory in northern British Columbia on Feb. 10, 2020. Photo from Unist'ot'en Camp on Twitter
April 2nd 2020
As the global pandemic marches on, governments scramble to mitigate it and cobble together economic aid packages. Mass climate protests and the Wet'suwet'en solidarity blockades, just a few weeks ago, seem like a distant memory.
Amanda Follett Hosgood 
Hereditary Chief Dsta’Hyl makes regular patrols through Wet’suwet’en territory to tell pipeline workers to go home. They aren’t listening, he says. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.
31 Mar 2020

Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls for Coastal GasLink to halt work to reduce COVID-19 threat.

Amanda Follett Hosgood is the Tyee’s northern BC reporter. She lives amidst the stunning mountains and rivers of Wet’suwet’en territory. Find her on Twitter @amandajfollett.
First Nations Leaders and others
Friday this week (April 3) at 4:00 pm PDT Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief Dsta'Hyl (Adam Gagnon) and Michael Sawyer will be conducting the first in a series of Webinars about the fracked LNG Industry and its true environmental, economic and social costs. This Webinar is entitled 

#WetsuwetenStrong and the Ethics of LNG

First Nations Leaders
Hereditary Chief Dsta’Hyl makes regular patrols through Wet’suwet’en territory to tell pipeline workers to go home. They aren’t listening, he says. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.
Coastal Gas Link's ongoing construction is putting entire communities at risk! 
Gord Macdonald and Jon Azpiri
Sections of pipe for the Coastal GasLink pipeline arrive near Kitimat, B.C., in December 2019. Coastal GasLink/Twitter
March 30, 2020
B.C. First Nations leaders are urging the provincial and federal governments to shut down construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu, B.C. Premier John Horgan, and provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs says continued construction on the controversial project is increasing the risk of transmission

Dustin Godfrey
Workers at Trans Mountain's Burnaby Terminal work in close proximity to one another, despite social-distancing protocols. Photograph By SUBMITTED

MARCH 31, 2020

Trans Mountain says it’s adhering to social-distancing protocols, even as photos emerge appearing to show workers on site within two metres of one another.

First Nations Leaders
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health

Honourable John Horgan
Premier of Executive Council

Honourable Adrian Dix
Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak [March 30, 2020]

Sarah Cox
The Site C work camp. Photo Illustration: Carol Linnitt. Photo: BC Hydro

Mar 26, 2020

With BC Hydro reporting 12 workers with flu-like symptoms, city councillors, First Nations chiefs and local community members are calling for an immediate suspension of work on the project

BC Hydro has continued to fly people to Fort St. John from across B.C. and Alberta to work on the Site C dam project, despite mounting concern in the local community about potential COVID-19 contagion as most Canadians are told to stay home and practise social distancing.


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