Pipeline Foes Likely Staged Discovery of Cultural Artifacts

CLAIM: Canadian pipeline foes claimed that they discovered cultural artifacts at a Coastal GasLink Pipeline construction site in northern British Columbia.

RATING: Likely False


TransCanada voluntarily suspended construction on its Coastal Gaslink natural gas pipeline in order to investigate a complaint that a work site contained cultural artifacts. However, an investigation and subsequent report concluded that the pipeline construction site “was likely not [the] original location” of the artifacts referred to in the complaint.

On February 14, the Unist’ot’en of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation filed a complaint with the BC Oil and Gas Commission stating that cultural artifacts …