Created on Thursday, 25 November 2010 18:29
Written by Ingmar Lee
Open Letter to Jody Whitney,
Manager, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
by Ingmar Lee
Dear Jody Whitney; I haven't heard back from you since we met at your Enbridge Gateway
Pipelines presentation to the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella BC in
October, during which you saw an overwhelming demonstration of emphatic
and unanimous opposition to your corporation's appalling scheme to pipe tar sands
oil products out to BC's pristine coastal waters.
The meeting was inaugurated with a powerful demonstration by the
Heiltsuk Singers, -singing songs from their ancient (more than 10,000
years) and thriving culture. That was followed by a presentation by the
children of the Bella Bella community clearly expressing their
opposition to your project.
After the second slide of your Enbridge
Power Point discussing technical trivia, which was clearly designed to
eat up most of the time allotted, the moderator shut your presentation
down and opened the floor to the full-house turn-out, who let you all
know, for about 2 hours, unequivocally, in no uncertain terms, that your
Pipeline/Supertanker project, which hopes to deliver massive quantities
of Alberta Dirty-Oil Tar-Sands product across our province, to be loaded
onto hundreds of giant supertankers annually for global distribution, was absolutely unwelcome in Heiltsuk territory.
It was also made clear that BC Coastal First Nations are unanimously, and adamantly opposed to your project.
To: Jody Whitney, Manager, Aboriginal Consultation & Regulatory Compliance, BC Region
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Box 50, One Bentall Centre Suite 660, 505 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC V7X 1M4
Tel 604 694 7750 Fax 604 694 7755 Cell 778 229 7039
Re: Enbridge Pipelines Inc "Community Consultation" -Oct 2010 Heiltsuk First Nation community of Bella Bella, BC
During the meeting, you and your 4 Enbridge colleagues promised the
people of Bella Bella and environs, that you were truly interested in
their views, were open and accountable to the community, and that you
wished to return on numerous occasions to communicate with people about
your Enbridge project. After the meeting you reaffirmed to me that you were
open to communicate with everyone, and you gave me your business card.
You asked me to help you to understand why people were so passionate
about protecting the region from the inevitable oil catastrophe that
will result if your project manages to proceed. I agreed to this and
sent you a few examples (see below) of what is so very special about the area. I then asked
you to send me whatever feedback about the meeting you and your
colleagues reported back to your Enbridge superiors. Since then I have
not heard back from you.
You acknowledged receipt of that information, but when I asked you to
send whatever report you submitted to your Enbridge superiors regarding
the meeting, I have not heard from you. So why did you give me your card
after the meeting if you had no intention of communicating??
your colleagues promised the Bella Bella community that Enbridge wanted
an open process, that you intended to return on numerous occasions to
discuss your plans and that you were open and willing to communicate.
It is of great importance, not only to the Bella Bella community, all of
the First Nations of BC, and all of the people of BC, that we hear back
on what you, the face of Enbridge Pipelines Inc., are reporting back to
your superiors after you go about "consulting" with people along your
proposed pipeline and supertanker route across this province. Your title
states that you are in charge of "Aboriginal Consultation."
is where you ask people about their concerns. Why would your feedback
to your boss after the meeting, in which a unanimous aboriginal concern
was expressed, be a secret that cannot be freely divulged?
At the meeting, you were personally asked to divulge the 10 corporate sources of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.'s $100 million Public Relations fund,
from which I assume you draw your salary. You stood up in front of the
Bella Bella community and said that you were not permitted to divulge
that crucial information. The people of this province are demanding to know the source of Enbridge's massive propaganda fund.
Why are you keeping such critical infomation a secret??
Your refusal to communicate puts the lie to Enbridge's claim, one that
you yourself promised to the community at Bella Bella, that Enbridge was
genuinely interested in communicating with the community, regardless of
what people's opinion of your project.
I expect that your dishonesty is
being repeated everywhere that you and your Enbridge PR entourage is
going. Therefore you are an unmitigated
liar, -something which must be made clear to every community you reach
as you travel along your
proposed pipeline corridor across our province, "consulting" with First
Nations and other communities along the way.
Denny Island, BC
On 11 November 2010 18:19, Ingmar <
Hi Jody, thanks for your reply, -after a week I was wondering if,
because I am a person who is vehemently opposed to your Enbridge
project, that perhaps you are not permitted to communicate with me. Of
course that would mean that you would not be able to communicate with a
clear majority of BCer's, and certainly nobody in Bella Bella. May I ask
if you've sent in a report, vis-a-vis your Bella Bella meetings to your
boss? If, as we were told at the meeting that you would like to discuss
your project in an open and honest way, then that report should be made
available? I'd be interested to know what sort of feedback they are
receiving from those of you who are representing the corporation on the
road. Cheers, Ingmar
On 11 November 2010 11:14, Jody Whitney <
Thank you very much for this.
It was a pleasure meeting you last week.
Jody Whitney | Manager, Aboriginal Consultation and
Regulatory Compliance | Northern Gateway Pipelines
Suite 3000 | 425 1st Street SW | Calgary, AB T2P 3L8
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Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 8:31 AM
To: Jody Whitney
Subject: a few comments after yesterdays meeting...
My name is Ingmar and I spoke with you after yesterday's meeting in Bella
Bella. You had mentioned that you hadn't spent enough time in this area to
quite understand what was truly threatened out here by the Enbridge project.
I thought I'd start by sending you a few examples of what we are doing up here
to help people understand just how special and magnificent this place is. We
are involved in the PacificWild remote camera project, which is where we go out
into the wilderness and set up a "pan-tilt-zoom" camera, which is
relayed directly into the school network at Bella Bella, from where the
students can manipulate the camera and see live action wild footage.
We've collected and posted some of the best footage on the front page at www.pacificwild.org
-in particular, I recommend that you check out the clips:
Wolf pack fishing in October, 2010
Wolfpile in salmon season, Great Bear Rainforest, B.C.
You should also check out the Sandhill Crane footage in the PacificWild Live
section of the website.
Here's an article I've written about my kayak experience a few years ago:
Of course, nothing can be as convincing as actually going out into this
magnificent wilderness and seeing it for yourself, which I very much encourage
you to do!
I sincerely hope that you might take a good long look at your options, and
reconsider the career. If you'd like us to organize an immersion experience
into this wilderness for you, please consider yourself invited!
Denny Island, BC