Kinder Morgan critics say company evaded dialogue with community representatives

Activists and community members' attempts to engage pipeline giant Kinder Morgan about its proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline were rebuffed  today in Victoria, according to a press release from the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG).

Community members responding to the Tsleil-Waututh nation’s request to respectfully engage Kinder Morgan about its Trans Mountain expansion project were unable to register their concerns at the Kinder Morgan open house, as Kinder Morgan reps shut down the open house several hours early at 6:30pm.


“Kinder Morgan says it wants to consult with community, but when the community shows up with real concerns and challenges the misinformation that the company is spreading, instead of engaging in dialogue Kinder Morgan reps shut down the open house,” said Eric Nordal from Social Coast.


For the first hour of the open house, community members engaged with representatives, asking questions and reading the company’s signs and literature. At 6pm, concerned community members peacefully proceeded to take down Kinder Morgan’s signs and put up their own. Their signs showed their concerns and sought to add another perspective to the information session. When Kinder Morgan was asked to read the signs and stay for a public discussion, they refused, promptly left and hid in the next room refusing to participate.


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Trying to sift through the various issues in front of Kinder Morgan, I realized that it is going to be very diifcult for hte provincial NDP to sort out where they stand on it:

Are they for it or against it? Who knows. I suspect any decision they would have to make as a government would be driven first by internal party interests, second by the public interest.


I wasn't at this gathering but from a distance I offer these comments--just an 'old' guy  offering some counsel?

Firstly', interested parties who want dialogue must demonstrate respect for the host party—tearing down signs or being disruptive will always create a reaction and not a response—so goes any chance of dialog.The host has no obligation to respond under threat—the safest option for the host  is to vacate –leaving a negative impression of the intruder!Better  learn to use respectful approach. Put the host in a position where they’re obliged to  respond—then you might get some answers—I know these big project folks can be bullies and will be anytime you present them with an opportunity to react to  bad behavior.Enbridge does the same thing—they’re continually inviting the public to ‘join the conversation’—ha ha –what you receive is ‘no response’ or a canned version of their sermon—although occasionally a reasoned inquiry will generate polite,thoughtful response.Enbridge have made changes—because of public pressure—and some of us are looking more changes still !Remember these projects are the product of log study and the proponent has likely thought through many of the anticipated objections—so if the proposal ‘needs to be changed’ in your opinion,then make awell reasoned recommendations—justifying your position .To suggest that ‘pipelines are bad’ and ‘shipping will not be tolerated ‘can be your argument which  not likely to generate any response from the host.You might suggest changes—again, with well reasoned argument.If your concern is about issues like ‘climate change’ or ‘world saving missions’ then you’re likely at the wrong venue.These hosts have invited the public to see their offering—you can work hard to make your arguments heard—or you can end up with nothing more than a negative image.Yes-these big projects often  need’ attention’—so all interested people and groups need to keep pushing for necessary changes—but be prepared to be bullied,patronized ,lampooned,etc.Remember that the politicians may appear to be hiding –but the public reaction is a factor in the politicians survival manual—the politicians may appear to be ‘in bed ‘with project proponents—but the pubic can decide the outcome –it will be  along road.Not long ago our national government fell when the Liberal government of the day tried to’ bully’ the the approval of the the proposed  Trans Canada pipeline through parliament—and lost the next (1957)election.Another Canadian study and review has gone on now for almost 40 years—and is still under study—the Mackenzie Valley pipeline proposal.Remember –  ‘it ain’t over ‘til it’s over’--thanks to YOGI! Be smart—and good luck with your ‘better plan’