Swarming incident at pipeline work site in Houston prompts execution of search warrants


2023-03-29 14:09 HAP

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Houston RCMP is investigating another act of violence against pipeline personnel at a forestry road work site.

On March 26, 2023 at 11:40 pm, the Houston RCMP responded to a complaint from Coastal GasLink security that one of their workers had been swarmed by a group of individuals wearing masks and camouflage at the 43 km mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road. The group fired flares and gained access to the work vehicle when the worker left the area because of the intimidation. These persons allegedly poured liquid onto the vehicle and stole a chainsaw from the truck bed.

A search warrant was granted for two locations on the Morice Forest Service Road. Houston RCMP executed the search warrant on March 29, 2023 simultaneously at the two locations, the Lamprey Provincial campground site and a location at 44.5 km. Five occupants of the 44.5 km camp were arrested for obstruction of a peace officer. Four refused to cooperate with police direction and one attempted to prevent members from executing the warrant.

The RCMP fully supports peaceful, safe and lawful protest. Criminal acts by persons under the guise of protesting, particularly the violence exhibited by the suspects in this instance, will not be tolerated. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

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