BC Civil Liberties Association questions dry-camp dismissals

The BC Civil Liberties association is questioning the dismissal of 60 workers from an Encana Dry-camp earlier this month.

As reported last week, on March 4th, security personnel at a pipeline construction camp 120 kilometres East of Fort Nelson, conducted a search of living quarters, and discovered a ‘number of violations’, and a ‘substantial quantity of liquor’, resulting in the expulsion of 60 workers.

In solidarity with their co-workers, another 40 then chose to leave the camp of their own volition. The RCMP was on hand for the search and expulsion, but did not get directly involved. Now, the BC Civil Liberties Association is wondering whether or not Encana had the legal authority to conduct a room-search.

BCCLA Policy Director Michael Vonn says “Encana Officials may have overstepped their bounds, when they entered the workers’ living quarters.” On Friday, Encana spokesperson Alan Boras had this to say regarding the policies in place at company dry-camps. [asset|aid=1123|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=050524d0a22a60b0237d2f634cfe0331-Alan Boras 3_1_Pub.mp3]

The employees were part of the company’s Willbro’s Group. They were working on a pipeline project in the Horn River area.

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