“I don’t really want to get into the phrases of your PR. There are these spills in our territory. I want to hear what you’re doing about that.”
From the Brantford (Ontario) Expositor, April 7, 2014 …
OHSWEKEN – Officials from Enbridge Pipelines Inc. learned how great a gulf there is between their company and Six Nations, when they started to make a presentation to the elected council about the company’s Line 9B project.
Enbridge meant Monday’s meeting to be about the specifics of a project that has been approved with 30 conditions.
But councillors had other ideas.
“I don’t’ really want to get into the phrases of your PR,” Coun. Roger Jonathan said just as an Enbridge delegation was about to start at a committee of the whole meeting.
“There are these spills in our territory. I want to hear what you’re doing about that.”
Coun. Darryl Hill said he wants to know what Enbridge has done about “accommodation,” referring to a process of negotiation, consultation and financial compensation that is normally done through a consultation and accommodation process team.
Hill noted that Enbridge ran a pipeline that crossed the Grand River on Six Nations in the 1960s and has given no compensation.
“It’s been 50 years and you’ve given nothing,” he said. “Are you going to make us wait another 50 years?”
Other councillors had more to say along the same lines.