Sunday, February 12, 2012

Enbridge is First to Blink as Pipeline Route Unravels

Developments have been coming fast and furious, Enbridge after running into a Northern front of opposition is now considering a different route to our west coast, Prince Rupert is now seriously being considered as the destination for Alberta crude oil...

Paul Stanway, Enbridge`s spokesperson continues to lie about First Nation`s support in British Columbia, apparently Enbridge considers the little dribs and drabs of money given to BC`s First Nation`s to study the impacts of the northern Gateway pipeline as signed, sealed equity agreements, First Nation`s are outraged and deny any deals have been signed...
"A second British Columbia First Nation says it has signed on to a sharing agreement with Enbridge Inc., (TSX:ENB) in exchange for its support for the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, but just as the first deal was nullified after an internal fight, this second one, too, appears in jeopardy after the chief that signed the agreement was turfed and a new band council looks at whether they can get out of it. 

It's an indication of the delicate job Enbridge has undertaken to ensure aboriginal bands along the pipeline route are adequately consulted, and it's also an example of why aboriginal groups who might be interested in exchanging their support for some much-needed revenue from the project are reluctant to speak about it openly. 

Enbridge maintains it has the support of 20 of an estimated 43 bands located within 80 kilometres of the proposed twin pipelines and about half of those 20 are in British Columbia, including the deal the Gitxsan signed and then rejected.
But telephone calls to the band offices of those B.C. First Nations along the pipeline route turned up only one other band that has signed a deal.

Last month, the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs of northwest B.C., voted to reject a $7 million Enbridge equity-sharing deal that lone Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Elmer Derrick signed on behalf of the chiefs.
Calgary-based Enbridge says it offered the 43 B.C. and Alberta First Nations located along the proposed 1,177-kilometre pipeline route from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C. a 10 per cent equity stake in the project, worth about $400 million.

Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway won't name the 20 the company says have already signed.
"The deals we have with them, talking to the media is not one of the requirements," said Stanway.
Full Stop, read that statement from Paul Stanway, for what you have is Enbridge`s spokesperson lying his face off again, we`ll come back to that point a little further down this article...


 "The Canadian Press contacted the more than 20 B.C. First Nations along the pipeline route, with only former Yekooche chief Partner Schielke confirming outright a deal with Enbridge.
Others, including the Burns Lake Indian Band, said they signed protocols with the company, but didn't yet consider them equity deals. The Prince George area Lheidli T'enneh Band and Terrace's Kitselas Indian Band, expressed interested in Enbridge, but say they have yet to sign anything.
The Terrace-area Kitkatla First Nation and Burns Lake's Lake Babine Nation said they had worked with Enbridge in the past, but are no longer interested in Northern Gateway."

But the The Yekooche and Gitxsan are reflective of the tough slogging Enbridge faces in B.C. when it comes to convincing aboriginals to sign on to the pipeline project.
There's genuine interest among some aboriginals, but fierce local politics, the absence of signed treaties, widespread distrust of the pipeline and fear of an environmental disaster are proving enormous challenges to overcome for Enbridge, despite the company's public image that all's well.

"We believe we are having successful talks with a number of First Nations," said Stanway. "First Nations have a lot of concerns and we need to address those concerns and we've been trying in good faith to do that."


Another weak word from Paul Stanway of Enbridge..."We believe"...Inserting the word believe means what most suspect, there are no legitimate deals with Enbridge and First Nations, just spin from a ruthless company that lies, cheats denies and sues everyone who gets in their way...

"After Derrick signed with Enbridge last December, he was forced into hiding after band members nailed shut his office in Hazelton, posted a 24-hour watch nearby and put up Derrick-wanted posters across northwest B.C.
A leaked copy of the rejected Enbridge-Gitxsan equity deal reveals the public role the Gitxsan were expected to take in supporting the pipeline."

Full Stop againread that above, a leaked copy of the deal  reveals that the Gitxsan Nation was to indeed go public, all the way through the process.

" The 32-page agreement says one of its primary purposes is "to encourage (the Gitxsan) to participate in and support the Northern Gateway Project, through the regulatory process, during construction and throughout its lifetime of service to Canada's energy industry." 
And what did liar extraordinaire Paul Stanway say above about why all these alleged deals with First Nations are silent...And I quote..
Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway won't name the 20 the company says have already signed.
"The deals we have with them, talking to the media is not one of the requirements," said Stanway
Another direct lie from Enbridge`s Paul Stanway, because it`s revealed in the leaked, now shredded Gitxsan deal that Enbridge expected not only the Gitxsan to support the pipeline but actively cheer-lead the project all the way through the regulatory process, ........

"Grand Chief Ed John of B.C.'s First Nations Summit, the largest aboriginal organization in the province, said he questions what Enbridge is calling deals with First Nations because he's not hearing much support for the pipeline

"They're spinning their stories," he said. "You give the community a bit of money to do some research on the impacts of the project, does that mean the community supports the project? No. Enbridge is telling communities that if we provide funds to you, you can't oppose the project." 

Stanway maintains the deals Enbridge has with the First Nations "are not expressions of interest. They are signed agreements." 
Full Stop again, Paul Stanway claims he has 20 deals signed but refuses to reveal any of them, Paul Stanway claims going public is not part of the agreements, hence the silence from First Nations...Yet in the 32 page rejected deal with the Gitxsan Nation Enbridge demanded full public vocal  support through these NEB hearings, so who is lying, Enbridge and Paul Stanway are lying, they have a record of doing so, just ask the Haisla Nation about that..

 Haida Nation blasts Enbridge about “deliberately misleading” info in Northern Gateway filing | Vancouver Sun

 Here is an excerpt...

From: guujaaw []
 Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:46 PM
December 20, 2011
Enbridge Northern Gateway Project
Joint Review Panel
444 7th Avenue S.W.

Calgary, Alberta T2P 0X8
Attention: Secretary to the Joint Review Panel
Re: statement contained in Volume 5A: Aboriginal Engagement, Appendix D: National and Regional Aboriginal Organizations.
To whom it may concern:

Enbridge has provided deliberately misleading and false information contained in their Section 52 Application claiming that the applicant has built relationships with the Haida Fisheries Program, Haida Development Corporation (sic, presumably Haida Enterprise Corporation)  and Haida Child and Family Services. Haida Gwaii Community Futures is not an ‘Aboriginal Organization’ and has no idea how they got on the list.

Representatives of the above organizations are in no way engaged with nor have they given any reason to believe they are “relationship building” with Enbridge.

We would like to have all of these names stricken from Enbridge’s filed documents as it is libellous bringing these organizations into disrepute, not only with their own constituents, but also the many First Nations, organizations and people who are committed to the health of this planet.
President of the Haida Nation


"Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt acknowledged his organization used Enbridge money to study the pipeline project, but now is steadfastly opposed to the pipeline, saying it threatens the coastal way of life.
"They came to one of our board meetings and they said, 'We have agreements with some of your people,"' said Sterritt.
"I went out and canvassed all of our people and said, 'what the hell's going on here?' I don't know of one nation in all of British Columbia that has said we support the project, not one."

 Very interesting, so what does all that have to do with this story considering the title, first off, this is a brutal deal for BC, there are no jobs and zippo money for BC and a disaster is inevitable, an oil tanker spill of size will extinct countless salmon runs, kill millions of birds and extinct our remaining orca , I also wrote that Kitimat was chosen because it was the cheapest land route available for Enbridge, the natural choice was Prince Rupert, a deep port and no inside waters, well guess what, Enbridge knows now that they can`t beat British Columbia people and First Nation`s before Stephen Treason Harper is removed from office so Enbridge is now seriously considering different routes to BC`s coast..


BEIJING - Canada’s Enbridge Inc. will not offer better financial terms to aboriginal bands standing in the way of a major oil pipeline from energy-rich Alberta to the Pacific Coast, the firm’s chief executive officer said on Thursday.
Pat Daniel also told Reuters that while he was prepared to look at alternate routes for the Northern Gateway pipeline -- which is crucial to Canadian plans to export oil to China -- he felt the current routing plan was the best........

Daniel said Enbridge was prepared to look again at the routing and cited an earlier plan to run the pipeline to Prince Rupert on the Pacific Coast, which the firm abandoned because it would run parallel to a major river.
“We will relook at (Prince) Rupert, we will do whatever we can to find the best solution for Canada, but our information and our engineering studies and environmental studies suggest that Kitimat is the best location,” he said.


So there you have it, Enbridge will not sweeten the pot for First Nations, there is no money in it, these alleged equity deals amount to $21 dollars per year per each First Nation member, barely enough for a decent steak, Enbridge has stated so many deliberate lies trying to spin support for their dirty tar pipeline, now they have blinked and are considering a new route, well, with the entire town of Prince Rupert 98% opposed to the pipeline going to Kitimat I don`t believe they will find any support there either...

First things first, there needs to be extensive studies done by real scientists and experts on EROI for the tar sands, ...If, which I doubt there are any net energy gains as to EROI for the tar sands the only route going west must use Kinder Morgan`s existing right away through to Vancouver and find away to pipe this dirty tar to Cherry point....Tankers presently go there, personally I`m against the whole Tar sands thing because of the heavy environmental footprint and net energy loss with EROI, but if the oil must move from east to west than the only route to consider is Kinder Morgan`s right-away then on to Cherry point...

Leave our Northern rivers, watersheds and coastline alone, start over and make a deal with Kinder Morgan, or die trying in the courts, Harper and his reformers are but a one term Government, their fate is sealed already, healthcare, pensions and rights have been traded for war jets, prisons and Harper`s version of scorched earth, damn the scientists Conservative reformer`s religion .

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open


JonH said...

I can't help from getting a sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach when I think back to before the last election when Ignatief ( believe me I'm never been a fan of the Liberals )told everyone to "rise up" against Stephen Harper because he would destroy the Canada we all love. Well his prediction is coming true and at break-neck speed.Just look what has happened in the short time he's been in power. He's destroyed or is in the process of destroying every social safety net and he's giving away Canada to the Chinese Government for two teddy bears and he even has to give them back.Wake up people, he has to be stopped, they're coming after everything the 99% has left to give to the 1% and it's time for the 99% to "rise up".

PS This is coming from someone whom according to the nacissist Tsakumis just learned to walk upright.

Grant G said...

Forget him, he believes his own lies, he believed Susan was gonna be close, didn`t happen...He pimped every NPA, they elected next to no one..

His rightwing ideology is that of a very small minority.

He`s made a home for those who are out of touch with reality, those who must kiss his feet upon entering, disagree and you`re a drug addicted lefttard..

I`ve caught him in so many lies, Cortes island anyone?

Too easy, I`ll stick to providing facts and the odd scoop..

And yes, Michael Ignatief, like him or not was right on...

And despite the self-anointed one swearing to stop the NDP...

The NDP will have their highest percentage of the vote and record number of seats in the next election..


Don`t believe the hype, behind the curtain Oz is indeed pulling all the levers..



Anonymous said...

Harper is governing Canada, by his Northern Foundation Party, he founded in 1989.

We were warned by Ignatieff, what would happen to Canada, if Harper won a majority.

Fadden of CSIS, warned about China's intrusion into our country.

Harper is permitting China to buy out the tar sands. Not only is China buying out our resources, they are bringing their own people here to take our jobs.

Layton said, during the Federal campaign, Harper was giving our tax dollars to huge, wealthy corporations. Harper is still doing so and, he gives them huge tax reductions as well.

Harper and Campbell stripped BC and the people to the bones. We will fight to keep, all dirty oil pipelines out of BC, and away from China. China has our mill industry, putting our mill workers out of jobs. China owns our mines. We have had enough thieved from us. Our BC assets, Campbell thieved and sold. Our natural resources thieved and sold. Our wild salmon being killed by, the filthy diseased fish farms.

The beauty of BC, our wonderful marine life and our woodland wildlife, we are keeping. That's all we have left.

Don F. said...

One thing stands out in this article as in most articles to date that should send a clear message to those reading and that is the amount of clear lies and deceit on enbridges part. The falseness of their statements about native approval and backing from any front.
You simply can't have a relationship with someone who enters into it from the getgo using these tactics, common sense tell us that but for some reason our governments fail to see this.
One can't help but beleive that they actually condone it so we are left with no other option than to do what we must to protect our interests.
I can't imagine the frustration of the native people when they hear enbridges outrageous statements when they themselves have no access to a media hellbent on promoting enbridges agenda. The natives beleive nothing good can come from lies, I remember a day when everyone beleived this to be true but it seems our politicians at least have forgotten.
One thing people forget when in the heat of a debate or an issue like this is that politicians are like gypsies or the wind, here one day and gone the next, our job is to ensure that during their brief time we protect ourselves when they get too full of themselves.

kootcoot said...

"skiers and Whistler Chalet owners are more important than middle class working stiffs.."

There aren't very many "middle class" working stiffs left in BC and the surplus people that used to have jobs in the mills that are now in China could just as well be used to pave the Sea to Die Highway to save tire wear on the BMWs and Escalades enroute to the Rich Folks' Disneyland at Whistler!

Besides, let the rich folks keep the money they save by having no tolls so they can create China!

as to DonF saying:
"You simply can't have a relationship with someone who enters into it from the getgo using these tactics, common sense tell us that but for some reason our governments fail to see this.

Our governments, the pretend premier Christy and Steven Treason are very aware, being as they are part of the scam, Enbridge, CN etc. etc. OWN the government THEY PAID FOR!

Don F. said...

Hello Kootcoot!
Yes you are correct,I realized too late after posting that I should have made that point.

Anonymous said...

The scientific reports being presented at the public hearings contain some very important missing info. When the reports from the consulting firm look at a river, it lists that a certain number of species of salmonid are found but that they are listed as " unknown species". Locals say the salmonids are rainbow trout, chinook salmon, pink salmon and kokanee. If Chinook are identified in a river, apparently that river MAY NOT BE CROSSED by the pipeline. More lies. This is really important. Please spread the word. We need to get these salmonids properly identified by local wildlife & fisheries experts, right away. The local people say their KIDS can Id these fish. OH THE LIES!

Anonymous said...

Grant G said...

Looks like the Canadian press is reading my stories again.

Anonymous said...

Hugh said...

CBC radio show Almanac has a program on tankers on the coast, today at 12:00 noon.

Anonymous said...

A must read:

Anonymous said...

Stevie and Gordo hard at work today I bet, and tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

And earlier ...