EnCana professes to be a good neighbor. Ahmmm… you decide.
Their treatment of people in Canada has lead to violence. Since October 2008, six bombs have gone off damaging EnCana pipeline and wellsites. The bomber sent a letter giving a 3-month truce–time for EnCana to learn the true meaning of a good neighbor–that just expired.
Energy company arrogance and mistreatment of individuals has led to violence in other areas:
In January, the Edmonton home of Jim Carter, former chief executive of oil sands giant Syncrude, was firebombed; investigators have not ruled out eco-terrorism.
In Ireland, accusations of violence have been routinely traded in Shell’s dispute with opponents of a pipeline off the coast of County Mayo.
A recent report by political scientist Tom Flanagan published by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute explored the potential for violent resistance to the rapid expansion of natural-resource industries in northern Alberta.
If energy companies want to do the smart thing, they will give being a good neighbor an earnest try instead of just lip service. People are getting fed up!
Dave Core, the chairman of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations is surprised at the pace of development: “The people in Dawson Creek are fed up,” he says. “They are just overwhelmed by the development in the area.”
I talk to people every week to are shocked to find bulldozers suddenly on their land and the arrogance of the industry representatives is not helpful in these situations.