Pipeline workers putting locals at risk of COVID-19 infection: Unist’ot’en – APTN News

Mega-projects across the country say they’re scaling back work to reduce COVID-19 risk to their own employees and protect residents of nearby communities.

But outside workers still on the job have a potential to spread the potentially deadly virus, said Freda Huson, spokesperson and founder of the Unist’ot’en healing centre in the path of the Coastal GasLink pipeline south of Houston, B.C.

“Our local people work with these imported workers and go home to their families,” Huson told APTN News.

“The out of town workers still are housed in Houston Motor Inn and Pleasant Valley motel. The restaurants there feed these people. So communities are being put at risk.”

The Unist’ot’en healing centre is part of a protest movement to stop construction of the $6.6-billion natural gas pipeline in Wet’suwet’en traditional territory in northern B.C.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/03/27/pipeline-workers-putting-locals-at-risk-of-covid-19-infection-unistoten/

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