Environment & Energy Report

Rail-Blocking Protests Stir Fear of Threat to Canada Economy (1)

Feb. 13, 2020, 6:16 PM

Escalating protests against a Canadian natural gas pipeline are putting rail shipments of grain, propane, lumber and consumer goods in jeopardy and prompting consternation among executives and lawmakers.

Demonstrators are blocking rail lines and other key infrastructure to support parts of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, an indigenous group that opposes the construction of TC Energy Corp.’s planned C$6.6 billion ($5 billion) Coastal GasLink project. The pipeline would carry natural gas from Western Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia, where the gas will be turned into LNG for export.

A blockade on a rail line to the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia,...

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