Scrutiny of TransCanada's ethics in Alaskan pipeline debate

Friends of the Lubicon
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July 29, 2008

The State of Alaska is currently debating whether to grant an exclusive license to TransCanada Corporation to build a $30 billion dollar pipeline transporting North Slope gas down to US customers. The approval has made it through the State’s House of Representatives, and is currently being debated in the Senate. Along with approval comes up to $500 million in seed money for TransCanada.

Twenty Senators will vote before the end of this week to decide whether TransCanada gets to stay or gets sent home.

Unfortunately for TransCanada, news of their behaviour in Lubicon Territory -- their utter disregard for Lubicon land rights and refusal to respect Lubicon regulatory requirements -- is following them to Alaska.

The attached two letters from Alberta residents were published in the Anchorage Daily News today.

Alaskan Senators should closely scrutinize TransCanada’s failure to respect Lubicon rights -- and consider what it says about the company’s lack of scruples, honesty, fair dealing, respect for regulatory authorities, respect for First Nations and/or anyone else that might stand between the company and its profits -- before jumping into bed with them. As one writer notes, "If they are prepared to do it in Alberta, they are surely prepared to do it in Alaska too."


July 29, 2008

Anchorage Daily News

Letters to the Editor

Company snubs ethics in Alberta

I appreciate Alaska's approach to oil and gas development -- obtaining reasonable royalty rates, making provision for the future and sharing the benefits across the population are worthy goals I would love to have implemented in Alberta.

TransCanada Corp. is seeking approval for a massive pipeline project in Alaska.

In Alberta, TransCanada has demonstrated their willingness to disregard moral and ethical considerations in the pursuit of their objectives to build their pipeline.

The Lubicon Cree people have a land claim that has not been resolved. Three separate United Nations committees have examined in detail the issue of oil and gas development on this land, and all have concluded that no development should proceed without consultation and agreement of the Lubicon people.

TransCanada has chosen to disrespect and disregard the moral and ethical high ground espoused by the United Nations and to dishonor themselves by pursuing their pipeline project against the expressed wishes of the Lubicon people. If they are prepared to do it in Alberta, they are surely prepared to do it in Alaska too.

I encourage Alaskans to instruct your representatives and senators to scrutinize any deals and arrangements to ensure that your ideals and model practices are not compromised or undermined.

-- Kurt Klingbeil

Vegreville, Alberta

July 29, 2008

Anchorage Daily News

Letters to the Editor

TransCanada wrongs Natives

If you want your pipeline to be planned, built and run by a company that doesn't live up to its own ethics codes, that makes a mockery of consultation and spits in the face of the international community, then TransCanada is your choice.

As a community activist in Alberta who has been working with many others to try and get them to do the right thing in regards to the Lubicon Cree Indian Nation, I don't wish them on the fine citizens of Alaska too.

Despite firm Lubicon objections, United Nations demands for a moratorium on any development in their unceded territory, and the concern of respected human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, they have continued in their plans to build a pipeline through the middle of Lubicon territory. TransCanada is a company that seems to think it is entitled to do just whatever the hell it wants.

It would be great if the people of Alaska could teach them a lesson in respect by your senators denying their request for a pipeline license. They might not learn much, but at least Alaskans won't learn, the way we have, what it's like to deal with these guys. Tell them to go home until they learn to behave better.

-- Colin Piquette

Edmonton, Alberta


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