Company officials walk out after First Nations replace Kinder Morgan signs with their own.
December 6, 2012
by The Canadian Press
VICTORIA—An information session in Victoria on a plan to expand Kinder Morgan’s oil pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby ended earlier than planned after company officials walked out.
The meeting was supposed to address concerns about the expansion, but when protesters began replacing company signs with their own, company representatives left.
In a statement, Kinder Morgan says it decided to close down the public information session in response to what it calls “vandalism”.
A statement from a First Nations group says community members acted “peacefully” when it replaced the Kinder Morgan signs with their own placards, which were aimed at showing their concerns and adding another perspective to the information session.
First Nations spokeswoman Julie-Anne Blackpen says Kinder Morgan is trying to brand itself as a corporation that listens to people, but the Victoria information session showed the company’s community consultation is actually an advertising campaign.
Despite the flap, the company says the next community event in Victoria will go ahead as scheduled.
©The Canadian Press