RCMP has spent nearly $50M on policing pipeline, logging standoffs in B.C

By Brett Forester
CBC News
January 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An RCMP squad charged with policing resistance to resource extraction in British Columbia spent nearly $50 million enforcing injunctions obtained by the petroleum and forestry sectors in its first five years, an internal accounting shows.  The figures, released to CBC News under access-to-information law, offer the first publicly available, if rough, estimate of the costs incurred by Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG).  Formed in 2017, the C-IRG has no defined territorial jurisdiction, an unknown number of members, and no set budget. It goes where industry meets land occupations, blockades and civil disobedience.  The unit says it needs this flexible mandate to respond to unpredictable protests, but critics fear the C-IRG received a blank cheque and little oversight from governments. …Forestry firm Teal Cedar has estimated the value of timber products in the Fairy Creek area at about $20 million.  The Mounties spent $18.7 million at Fairy Creek in just 16 months, the numbers show.

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