Teal Jones granted interim injunction to clear roads and resume work

Teal Jones granted interim injunction to clear roads and resume work
File Photo

Fairy Creek blockades remain on forest service roads throughout the disputed area, known as Tree Farm License 44, and operated by logging company Teal Jones, while the logging company is back in court.

Teal Jones wants to keep protestors away from the region because it wants to winterize its roads and haul out fallen timber.

But the logging company claims that blockaders are controlling access and deciding who gets in and out of TFL 44.

One of the defendants named in the court proceedings for the protestors, Kathleen Code, says that is not true.

“That’s quite ridiculous actually. Anarchy has never been anything that has never had any presence in our approach at all. We have always remained a peaceful, non-violent movement. And we intend to do that.”

The civil protests are the largest in Canadian history with more than 11-hundred arrests, but, according to Teal Jones, only three arrests resulted in criminal code charges.

As for the protestors, they say they are not leaving.

“It’s really hard living on the ground like that,” Code said. “But people are passionate. people are resilient. And people are determined to save as many trees as they can.”

The B.C. government approved the request of three Vancouver Island First Nations to temporarily defer old-growth logging across about 2,000 hectares in the Fairy Creek and central Walbran areas, but the protests continued.

Protesters known as the Rainforest Flying Squad said the old-growth forests outside of the deferred areas were still at risk of being logged.

A BC Court of Appeal judge decided in favour of Teal Jones in granting an interim injunction late Friday afternoon.

WATCH: Judge rules against extending injunction on old-growth blockades at Fairy Creek

Mary GriffinMary Griffin

Recent Stories

Send us your news tips and videos!