Update #119 on police enforcement of injunction order in Fairy Creek Watershed

B.C., Lake Cowichan

2021-11-12 12:12 PST

Police enforcement of the injunction order in the Fairy Creek Watershed area has been ongoing over the course of the week between November 5 and 10, 2021, with ongoing efforts to keep the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road and other corridors free from any obstructions, devices and open for industry access. Below is a summary of the activities throughout the week.

No arrests were made between Friday, November 5 and Sunday, November 7.

On Monday, November 8, a total of 6 individuals were arrested for breaching the injunction (contempt of court). Earlier in the day, police encountered a hard block obstacle along Granite Mainline Forest Service Road. 3 individuals were arrested after they were removed from the obstacle to which they were locked. Further along the forestry road, police discovered another blockade consisting of a group of individuals who had locked arms and preventing officers from driving through. After some negotiation, officers were able to get through the blockade and began working on removing 3 individuals from locking devices secured in the ground, and arrested them. All 6 arrested individuals were conditionally released.

On Tuesday, November 9, three officers sustained non-life threatening injuries after they were involved in a collision with a logging truck that had lost its load at the 22 kilometre mark of the Pacific Marine Road. See news release issued on November 9, 2021.

Late in the afternoon on November 9, police were alerted to a report that an individual had received chemical burns to their face from a cooking stove and that others were suffering from breathing issues. BC Ambulance Service attended and determined that a canister of bear spray had over heated, exploded inside a bus which then caught on fire. RCMP officers blocked off the area, and a total of 5 individuals, including children, were treated at scene. No contemnors were arrested that day, and officers were able to clear Granite Mainline Forest Service Road of obstructions and locking devices.

On the morning of Wednesday, November 10, locking devices were found at the 2.5 kilometre mark of Granite Mainline Forest Service Road. 2 individuals were removed and then arrested for breaching the injunction (contempt of court). Obstructions were removed and a portion of the road that was washed out by heavy rain was repaired to allow passage of vehicles.

Sooke RCMP continues to be supported in their efforts to locate Gerald Kearney who is believed to be last seen in the Fairy Creek Watershed area. See news release issued on November 3, 2021.

Active and enhanced patrols of the corridor will continue to ensure the roads remain clear of obstructions, as well as the road checks for motor vehicle infractions in the area.

Since enforcement began, the RCMP have arrested 1168 individuals; 110 of whom were previously arrested with a combined total of 261 times. Of the total arrested, 905 were for breaching the injunction (contempt of court), 221 were for obstruction, 21 were for mischief, 10 were for breaching their release conditions, 8 were for assaulting a police officer, 1 for counselling to resist arrest, 1 for causing a disturbance, and 1 Immigration Act.

All news releases on the Fairy Creek Watershed police enforcement issued to date can be found on the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment website.

Released by:

BC RCMP Communication Services
Tel: 778-290-2929
Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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