After Enbridge AGM, pipeline opponents hopeful

After an amazing rally in Toronto where the Yinka Dene Alliance and supporters led the march to the Enbridge Annual General Meeting, a number of people who had registered proxies were denied entry to the meeting. Despite paper trails and timely registering, as well as a few folks travelling hundreds of kilometres on the train to speak inside, they were unable to have their say. 

Those who participated made it loud and clear that opposition is strong and resolute. As Chief Louie of Nadleh Whut’en stated, First Nations opposed to the project aren’t going anywhere. They will be standing there strong against the project and do what it takes. Enbridge never answered his question - How far is Enbridge willing to go? 

NEI’s shareholder resolution to do a report that would show the legal and financial costs associated with First Nations opposition to Northern Gateway did not pass. The company had encouraged people not to support the resolution. However, with nearly 30 per cent support, Enbridge committed to continuing dialogue with NEI about the issue. 

After laying out how Enbridge will never receive social license to build this pipeline and tanker project, I asked about the political risks associated with the project. The BC NDP recently submitted a long letter stating their opposition to Northern Gateway that they submitted to the Joint Review Panel last week. The BC Liberal government has also not taken a position. Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel admitted that they were aware of the political risks.

In the end, the AGM provided another opportunity for First Nations to speak to the CEO, Board and shareholders without being considered “consultation” by the company. The legal risks are very real and Enbridge has not been clear about it to shareholders, deciding to hide behind the JRP. 

It also provided an opportunity to get the company on the record with various statements and to try to get clarity on their plans as to how far they are willing to put their brand and company at risk for their tar sands pipeline and tankers to Asia. 

If you have yet to do so, please sign the Yinka Dene Alliance petition at FreedomTrain2012.com. 

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