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Rail blockade in New Hazelton coming down, RCMP say

By Arthur Williams
The Prince George Citizen
February 13, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A railway blockade in New Hazelton is coming down, according to the BC RCMP. Protestors had been blocking the rail line connecting Prince George and Prince Rupert since Feb. 6, in solidarity with a group of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters who had been blockading construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. …The BC and federal governments have agreed to meet with Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. …The blockades could continue to have a serious economic impact… by disrupting shipments of lumber, pulp, paper and wood pellets to market. …B.C. Council of Forest Industries president and CEO Susan Yurkovich said in an email the organization is trying to assess the damage from the rail disruptions. “Forest products make up about 10% of all rail traffic that moves through Western Canada, and in many cases, [it] is the only economic transport option,” Yurkovich said. 

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