OK, thread: For the last few days I've tried to learn what I can about an alternate route for the Coastal GasLink pipeline that was apparently proposed by #Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs and brought into the discussion by a Green Party MP. Here's what I've learned

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A thread outlining the multiple offers and proposals Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n made to Coastal GasLink to use different routes through their land that would be less intrusive to their salmon headwaters and historical sites, with Coastal GasLink saying no鈥 without explaining why in detail.
Good thread by CBC鈥檚 @akurjata on the alternate pipeline routes that CGL rejected. It鈥檚 hard to evaluate their reasons for rejecting them, but losing $800 million seems to have been one factor. #Wetsuwetan
Must-read thread on alternative pipeline route discussions #wetsuweten
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I reached out to Manley who confirmed to me the re-route he had been told about was something called the McDonnell Lake route, referred to in the Dec. 2019 Supreme Court injunction allowing Coastal GasLink to move forward with construction (and why RCMP were told to move in)
This is an excellent effort to bring forward some of the 鈥榓lternative route鈥 options in the on-going CGL/Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n conflict. It doesn鈥檛 answer all the questions (parties would not provide them) but certainly starts to build the timeline of what was proposed when and by whom.
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And here's the background on how I researched this and what I wasn't able to find out twitter.com/akurjata/statu鈥
Fwiw, last month another major TC Energy pipeline was re-routed to avoid crossing Indigenous territories in Mexico.

TCE forced Mexican govt to pay the differential. #cdnpoli #Wetsuweten
An excellent thread on the evolving/devolving routes and plans for the pipeline planned for Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n territory.
More facts and information are always better. Follow the thread.
Thread from my CBC colleague about #CoastalGasLink routing and poss alternate routing 馃憞
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Great thread. From the murmurs I鈥檝e heard. The decision was strictly political. Seemed like Bc said, energy corridor here, and companies made plans for that. The kemano route would be ideal. The dam that displaced so many Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n in the 50s destroyed that area.
I鈥檝e wondered when someone would report on this.
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this is the most comprehensive attempt at getting answers and providing info ,I've seen yet I appreciate the fact there is no hype or obvious bias one way or the other excellent job
This thread breaks down a ton of important context about the #Wetsuweten resistance to CGL鈥檚 pipeline project, including why the company rejected at least 1 alternate route the hereditary chiefs would have agreed to:
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Great thread. It鈥檚 worth noting that CGL鈥檚 鈥淩oute selection process鈥 has no means for changes to the route (the 鈥渃onceptual corridor鈥), as 鈥淎boriginal or Stakeholder Consultation鈥 is done after this is finalized. Only minor changes were permitted. pic.twitter.com/yniDEZa3lK
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Also, the png route runs through the telkwa pass. It used to be home to caribou. Now with all the activity and the kemano flooding, that heard is pretty well extinct.
Some serious 'digging' here by Mr. Kurjata into what has been suggested is an alternate route for #CoastalGasLink pipeline, a route some say would've been agreeable to Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs
For the TL;DR crowd: extra costs for CGL and settler desires probably were the factors CGL relied on to reject #Wetsuweten's proposed alternative route.

Any Indigenous person shocked?

I didn't think so.

#cdnpoli #WetsuwenStrong
Great thread on the give and take and history between #CoastalGasLink and the #Wetsuweten on a preferred pipeline route.

Andrew has done a lot of work to try and cut to the truth and verify what both sides are claiming. #cdnmedia matters! #cdnpoli
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5 people (or monarchs) with an opinion that differs from 20 elected councils that ALL approved project is now allowed to hold millions of people hostage and create millions in economic damage? It鈥檚 civil disobedience achemistinlangley.net/2020/02/13/on-鈥
This is a very informative thread about the alternate route in Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n territory.
Excellent 鈥榓lternate route鈥 sleuthing @akurjata Thank you for the leg work. 馃檹馃徎
I鈥檝e been looking for answers all week. #WetsuwetenStong
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Thanks for this! It鈥檚 helpful information that no one else seemed to be sharing.
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It's gonna cost them a f*** of a lot more than if they'd simply listened to the Original Land Protectors the first time. But Governments & greedy Corporations are SLOW LEARNERS.
if you want to know more about the alternative route proposed by the #Wetsuwenten hereditary chiefs, someone put together all the info for you in this thread, let's make it go viral plz
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This link explains a lot
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An incredibly wild suggestion would be to interview the band councils that approved it. Not as many clicks that way though.
Thread. (What you were looking for I believe @ReporterTeresa )
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And then there is this 'tidbit about the Office of the Wetsuweten... they sure are raking in the dollars.... jlsreport.com/2020/02/16/wol鈥
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Thanks for this! If you don't get a Webster for this then that award really has been corrupted!
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Thank you for sharing your research on the issue. Some important info & details.
Great Thread. Thank you @akurjata #piplines #Wetsuweten #cndpoli @JustinTrudeau (in case you haven't see this)
Important and informative thread.
Go read this if you've been following the pipeline discussion.
Then the federal and provincial governments let the media control the opinions of racist ideology to adhere to the hostile environment for all indigenous people. #RacistCanadianPolicy
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unfortunately there were many options to avoid these protests and blockades now only 1 solution; shut down construction and put a moratorium in place @CoastalGasLink had listened
This thread is a must read! #bcpoli
Great detailed thread...
TLDR - multiple alt routes were offered. CGL studied at 1+ alt that already has pipelines on it but it was 鈥渢oo expensive鈥. The broken resource consultation process 1) doesn鈥檛 have a framework for no Indigenous consent, 2) is opaque, 3)is a cursory, design announce defend process
It's good to have some info on those previously mentioned alternate routes.
TL;dr: It's complicated. Unless you're against more NatGas infrastructure on principle, in which case it's not.
A good thread on the #Wetsuwetan pipeline issue. Reveals a lot of the factors involved in making such a decision, with some of the impacts too.
Thorough thread on the complexity of the issues wrt #Wetsuweten
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Thank you for doing this work!
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I have a question for you: If the protesters succeed in getting this line cancelled; what do you think the blow back is going to be against them and the 4 or 5 Hereditary Chiefs from the 13,000+ Indigenous peoples that democratically voted for the line?? #cndpoli #Wetsuweten
This is great thread for people who want to know more about the consultation process that took place and alternative routes suggested by the Wetseweten Nation.馃憞馃徑
Interesting background on the Coastal GasLink Pipeline route selection.
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Proud to call @akurjata a colleague. He is relentless.
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Phase 2? 'construction activities have commenced with the completion of Phase I of the project targeted for early 2023. Phase II of the project, if sanctioned, is expected to more than double the capacity of the pipeline through the installation of additional compressor stations'
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Read the report imbedded in this tweet: twitter.com/FNLNGAlliance/鈥
For those following #sundayscrum who are interested in learning more about the alternate routes through #Wetsuweten territory discussed over the past several years, read this thread by @akurjata
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Need the whole picture - this isn鈥檛 enough for clarity
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There is currently an operational gas pipeline in the territory that supplies energy to residents and industry, where does it run?
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Thank you so much for digging into this.
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For YEARS they have planning what you see today @RCMP have chosen to coddle these eco terrorists including @KanahusFreedom Play stupid games win stupid prizes 馃憦 鉁 #ShutDownCanada pic.twitter.com/XxhOA5EYeM
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In summary; 2014 they decided upon a pipeline route In order to build stuff you need a plan and move forward with the plan. That's how constructing anything works. 馃し #whataboutism is the only thing I got here pic.twitter.com/fVM1Ljz7nE
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Alan, more details, in case you haven't seem this thread yet.
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And NOT one media outlet @CBCNews @CTVNews @globalnews mentioning that when you don鈥檛 have the same opinion as the what 3 or 4 hereditary chiefs that started this than you are simply REMOVED - indigenous 鈥榬ule of law鈥! theglobeandmail.com/business/artic鈥
Why can't GasLink change the pipe line route to accommodate concerns?
Very informative and important information to share 馃憞
Thank you for this work! I have been looking to source info too.
Some additional & detailed background on the Wet鈥檚uwet鈥檈n & CGL pipeline routing....definitely worth the read to us who know only broad strokes of story.
for those wondering about the alternate route proposed to CGL by the Wet'suwet'en. there is a lot going on here ... thank you @akurjata for your work in digging this up!
Thank you @akurjata for pulling this research together. Informative thread on #CGL #LNG #pipeline route and alternatives suggested, to help visualize and understand concerns raised at various point of the process. #WetsuwetenStrong #IndigenousRights #petrostate #bcpoli #cdnpoli
What research looks like: messy, frustrating, full of twists & turns & insights far more illuminating than the in yer face question. Great thread

Thread regarding proposed LNG pipeline routes and alternatives
Insightful and non-partisan thread that goes into some of the various paths discussed for the CGL. He shared what he was able to collect from both CGL and #Wetsuwenten office.
good thread on the alternative pipeline routes through Wet'suwet'en lands, with maps
Interesting thread, I think @iamthea @OwenTorgerson this was one of the questions we were discussing yesterday?
A missing piece of the #Wetsuweten conversation is what specifically the hereditary chiefs r opposed to. If it鈥檚 simply the #pipeline route, as this thread seems to show, then why not just mandate #CoastalGasLink to accept the additional cost & move it?
#CGL #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Background to all the pain we are experiencing in @Canada lately.
In reply to @akurjata
thanks for putting this together
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Fully 20/20 of the elected first nations chiefs impacted by the route support the project. This project has first nations support. This is political posturing by unelected individuals who have no more authority on the project's route than I do.
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