Photo by Maryam Adrangi.
Today, Council of Canadians energy campaigner Maryam Adrangi was at the Enbridge shareholders meeting in Calgary.
CBC reported this morning, “(Opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline is) expected to be a focus at Enbridge’s annual general meeting…, where several project opponents are expected to speak. John Ridsdale, hereditary chief with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, said the project is as good as dead, but it’s important to keep up the pressure on Enbridge. …(Enbridge CEO Al) Monaco will face shareholders for the first time as chief executive (and field questions from Northern Gateway opponents).”
Photo by Tijana Martin/ Calgary Herald.
And this evening the Calgary Herald reported, “B.C. opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline took over question period at Enbridge Inc.’s annual meeting…. A half-dozen people, all from British Columbia, filed to the microphones at the meeting in downtown Calgary to question and then re-question the Calgary energy transportation company’s controversial oil link from Edmonton to Kitimat on the West Coast. …Questioners challenged Enbridge’s commitment to social licence, its right to build without native support and asked what will happen if the project is approved but fails due to legal challenges or civil disobedience.”
Maryam notes that at the meeting Enbridge staff asked to check her bag saying, “No banners or paint? Anything that would embarrass us?” She comments, “I think the fact that you are still trying to push through with destructive projects with complete disregard for communities and people is significantly more embarrassing.”
The delegation also included Dan Boucher (from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union), Kandace Kerr (landowner from Fort St James), Luanne Roth (Suzuki Environmental Foundation), Gerald Amos (Headwaters Initiative), Trevor Jang (Small Frog Clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation), Karen Tam Wu (ForestEthics Advocacy), and Brenda Belak (West Coast Environmental Law).