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CONTRIBUTION · 7th May 2012
Cory Morgan - Wordpress
During the Joint Review Panel hearings for the Mackenzie pipeline environmental activists learned that they could delay and bind up the process through taking advantage of the open hearings process.

Time was dedicated at the hearings for people concerned with the pipeline to speak and ask questions and the registration process was simple to encourage locals to come to the hearings. Unfortunately, few locals managed to get those spots as they were crowded out by activists from all over the nation who flooded the applications and bogged the entire progress.

The environmentalists did not care about local input from people who actually could have been impacted by the project. The activists cared only about shutting down all development at any cost and through any means. The Joint Review Panel went years over their allotted time in the hearings.

By the time the findings for the seemingly endless hearings were released (the pipeline was approved), costs had escalated so much and the economy had dropped by so much that it simply was no longer feasible to break ground on the pipeline.

Poverty and unemployment are rampant in the Mackenzie Delta region as many Inuvialuit people had trained to work in what was supposed to be a growing energy sector that the environmentalists had essentially shut down.

The eco-radicals really don’t care about the human fallout in their cult-like opposition to all forms of progress.

Credit has to be given to the environmentalist radicals, they learned from the experience. Now anti-progress groups have expanded outside of Canada’s borders and have flooded the entire process with 4,500 applications from people from all over the world to speak against the project.

Again, clearly the environmentalists do not care whatsoever if local people who truly may be impacted by this project get to speak and be heard. The eco-crowd is pushing all rational discussion to the side as they abuse the entire process at the cost of it’s very legitimacy.

It has now been found that environmentalist groups had been signing up people as interveners without their consent or knowledge.

In a religious sort of fervor, the opponents of the project set aside all ethics and honesty as they will utilize any means to try and halt the entire process.

These people are not rational nor are they principled. These people have no interest in discussion or study of the issues nor are they interested in any form of compromise. The opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline are primarily extremists who want nothing less than a complete shutdown of Alberta’s oilsands.

They have failed to stop the oilsands directly so now they are trying to block all means to sell the product. I wish the environmentalist set would one day realize that their welfare cheques are heavily funded through taxes paid by oilfield workers.

Yesterday I saw an interview with a crackpot representing the Sierra Club who took offense to having been called a radical. He then went on a rant directly comparing those who use fossil fuels to people addicted to heroin. Sorry pal, you are the complete and perfect picture of a radical. Get over it.

While the anti-progress groups have learned from past hearings, it appears that the regulatory bodies have not. There has only been one day of hearings so far and it is clear that the process will be a long and expensive waste of time if we have to give 10 minutes of speaking time to 4500 extremists who have filled out an online form.

The process needs to be completely revamped so that the foreign extremists are filtered out while people with legitimate concerns are still able to address the panel.

From the statements coming from the Prime Minister and our Environment Minister it is pretty clear that the government sees how a well meaning process has been hijacked by the extreme and they are not impressed.

It is too bad that Sheila Leggett (panel chair) could not see this obvious flaw in the process. I expect and hope that the federal government intervenes and gets this project back on the rails as clearly the panel is not capable of it.

The extreme will always be with us and they have a right to speak. We need to stop catering to them every time they begin wailing however.

These groups oppose every possible form of energy generation on simple principle. They are not rational and will never add anything of worth to realistic processes.

We have a growing population and a global market. Until a perpetual motion machine or something is invented, conventional energy development is nothing less than a necessity and we have to stop letting radical extremists hinder reasonable developments.

Read the Writing Here
A Few Good Men
Comment by ron wilton on 8th May 2012

Too many really good Canadian men and women gave their lives to preserve and protect a vision and a lifestyle in a country that allows someone like Cory Morgan to put pen to paper and unwittingly or willfully support the agenda of a morally bankrupt and psychopathic ideology.

Thanks to those few good men and women many more of us have the courage to confront and defeat such twisted mindsets, as will be shown when the quiet voice of the people will still the threat of Harper, Oliver, Enbridge and all others who would dare attempt to cause us harm.
time for a history lesson
Comment by Maureen on 7th May 2012
The McKenzie Valley Pipeline inquiry lead by Justice Thomas Berger allowed local communities and residents for the first time a voice in hearing proceedings. The Trudeau government of the day - let the proceedings play out, and yes it took a long while, but the people and economic concerns and who owned the resources were dealt with for the first time in a fair and respectful manner. It didn't take long for the oil companies to realize that they had to play the game better and develop their own bait and switch tatics for another pipeline project in the late 1970s - the first KPL project.
At this point the companies submitted then removed several different proposals, and the inquiry became a sham as the NEB had to review all these changes.

Now to say that it is the environmentalists who are stalling or funding or highjacking the process is not based on fact nor anything close to fact when a government can change the rules of proceedings retroactively - this is not about the environment anymore, its about democracy folks.

thanks Maureen Atkinson
...using the process to speed up the unethical progress
Comment by billbraam on 7th May 2012
There's two ways to manipulate the process, for bad or for good and 'the other side' can always be labeled bad. I feel Enbridge is coming no matter who says what and the only hope I have is that it will be as safe as possible as a result of the protests. Thank you.
Comment by Paul Johnston on 7th May 2012
From Wikipedia:

Cory Morgan (born 1971 in Red Deer, Alberta) is a blogger in Alberta, Canada. He was one of the founders of the Alberta Independence Party in 2000. In 2001, he ran as a independent candidate in the riding of Banff-Cochrane.[1] Following the dissolution of the AIP at the end of 2000, Morgan joined the Separation Party of Alberta. He was the SPA's candidate in Highwood in the provincial election of 2004.

He later joined the Alberta Alliance in 2006. He was a candidate for the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta, in the constituency of Calgary Mountain View in the Alberta general election of 2008, finishing in third-place with 887 votes.

On November 6, 2011, Morgan drove his pickup truck into the Occupy Calgary camp at Olympic Plaza park. Morgan refused to leave his truck until police removed him, was fined $200 and towed.[2] His purpose was part of a counter-protest against Occupy Calgary and a bid to highlight what he felt was unequal enforcement of city bylaws with respect to the Occupy camp and the public at large.
Just google "Cory Morgan" if...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 7th May 2012
...the article isn't enough to identify where it is coming from.

If you don't like the message, in this case the anti-enbridge message, it is easier to try to discredit the messenger than to dispute the message. That is why you see repeated such terms as "extremist", "radical" and "welfare recipients" to describe people opposed to their "progressive" ideas.

He's just taking his lead from Joe Oliver and Peter Kent.
Thanks, Don Goalder
Comment by c. sandecki on 7th May 2012
If foreign interests and "environmental radicals" are a problem at these hearings, why hasn't the government developed a sign-up process to weed them out leaving only the locals at each hearing venue?
Anonymous Oil Industry Fanatic
Comment by Dr. B. A. Bidgood on 7th May 2012
Anybody who would characterize all those who have concerns about the pipeline project as "fanatics" and writes something like:

"These groups oppose every possible form of energy generation on simple principle. They are not rational and will never add anything of worth to realistic processes." clearly unbalanced in their analysis. I guess both sides have their fanatics. Only difference is...the opponents who present their opinions before the JRP are brave enough to tand publicly for their position.

Comment by Don Goalder on 7th May 2012
I just read the article "Using The Process to Kill Progress" in the Terrace Daily. When I made my submission before the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in Smithers on April 23, 2012 I didn't see any foreigners hijacking the hearings, as the author of the article alleges. What I saw was my deeply committed neighbours, most of whom have lived here for most or all of their lives, taking the opportunity to speak their mind about the proposed project and related tanker traffic. The speakers during several days of testimony included past and present mayors of Smithers, past and present Stikine MLA's, farmers, small business owners, physicians, educators and others representing just about every facet of society. In the dozens of hours of testimony by approximately 100 presenters, only one person that I am aware of spoke in favour of this project. This slanderous article bears no resemblance to the reality on the ground here in my community.

Don Goalder Smither, BC
I'm confused ..
Comment by timber on 7th May 2012
I'm confused by your article.. and no offense meant. If you're a Canadian you have my ear, my curiosity and interest.. and we share that weird but wonderful thing we get to have as Canadians.. a connection to 'all things Canadian' ...

Are you an 'oil worker' or a logger ? Or a concerned local resident impacted by invasive developments? That will never make you a crackpot in my view or judgement. Your voice, however small or distant, matters to me .. and I want to hear about it.. weigh it.. and if necessary, defer to Canadians that have far more standing or responsibility for listening to your voice and needs.

I feel the same way about a maritimer who's small town is about to be re-named or disenfranchised. Or a First Nations child downstream of the Tar Sands. I am Canadian, I am Listening & Hearing, I am Watching & Seeing.

I trust Joe Oliver or Stephen Harper as far as I can throw them. Let me know if you really think they care about.. understand.. or will ever hear your voice as a Canadian. To them, you are an insignificant and abstract part of a rhetorical high stakes power game. Contact your local. provincial and federal elected candidate.. and even better talk to your neighbors. Stand Firm ... and Good luck.. We will all need it.