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.