Pipeline protest keeps popular Clearwater-area provincial park closed

By Greg Fry
July 11, 2018 - 9:32am Updated: July 11, 2018 - 2:32pm

CLEARWATER — If you were thinking of heading out to North Thompson River Provincial Park just outside of Clearwater this week for some camping, think again.

The Ministry of Environment says the park is closed due to a protest against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

An Indigenous cultural event first closed the park to the public from July 6 to July 9 but the Ministry of Environment says "some event participants remain on site" to protest the pipeline.

The ministry says BC Parks is maintaining the closure while "efforts are made to respectfully resolve the situation."

"The Province recognizes the right to engage in peaceful protest, however also recognizes that people and families who are simply wanting a camping experience in this particular park are - regrettably - being inconvenienced."

In an effort to accommodate those impacted by the closure, BC Parks is advising affected campers and is offering refunds for fees already paid.

Campers are also being assisted in making alternate arrangements at nearby provincial parks or other private campsites.

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar is not pleased with the closure.

"I think it's disappointing for all those families that have holidays planned, reservations booked well in advance that this has now transpired. I have very little faith that the Environment Minister (George Heyman) will bother to endeavour to try to intercede in any way, shape or form given it's blocking the pipeline route of a project he's certainly not in favour of."


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