Due to spikes being left on the Morice West Forest Service Road, which have rendered some vehicles inoperable, police have moved the the access control point of its ‘exclusion zone,’ set up earlier this week.
The Forest Service Road near the 27 km point, which had been designated as a protest and media site, has been blockaded on two occasions by individuals who had been allowed access to this point, say police. The most recent blockading of this road for several hours Friday interfered with the transfer of arrested people, causing delays in their transport to the Houston Detachment. This was also intended to block the exit of Coastal GasLink vehicles, contrary to the BC Supreme Court injunction, according to police.
Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership and supporters are opposed to the construction of the pipeline.
Also on Friday, several vehicles driven by RCMP personnel were made inoperative after traveling past the 27 km mark. Later investigation has revealed that metal spikes were placed on the road, and these items were placed solely to cause damage to traveling vehicles. This road has been used frequently by media, civilians and commercial vehicles. Efforts are being undertaken to increase the safety along this road.
Based on these actions, the access control point will be temporarily moved to the four-kilometre mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road. This decision has been made by the senior commanders on scene in order to ensure the safety for those traveling, and to limit the actions of those who would place such items which would present a serious hazard, according to police.
Hereditary chiefs, industry and media will still have access to the 27 km mark. Access will be restricted into the area along the Forest Service Road beyond 27 km as it is still within the exclusion zone and enforcement continues.