The old fart’s top news story today is about the Coastal Gaslink pipeline’s insultingly small offer to Wet’suwet’en band councils. The minuscule offer was in order to allow TC Energy’s to construct the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project, which will connect the gas fields of the Liard Basin to the foreign owned and operated LNG Canada port project, also under construction. The estimated figures were revealed by the Globe and Mail which reported it had obtained an unredacted copy of a letter sent in 2014. The letter was marked confidential and provided the numbers under a section titled, “Economic opportunities available to the Wet’suwet’en people from Coastal GasLink”.
Compensation Information Blacked Out
The letter stated that TC Energy would provide five Wet’suwet’en band councils with a ‘projected’ $115-million in payments to elected band councils over a 25 year period in exchange for letting it build a monstrous LNG pipeline through their territories. Not surprisingly, Coastal GasLink posted a redacted version of the eight-page letter on its website last month, ‘blacking out’ one entire page and portions of two other pages in an attempt to prevent public knowledge of ‘certain’ intentions.
Governments Using Stall Tactics To Diffuse Public Support
The Coastal Gaslink letter also stated the corporation would generate another $60 million in construction contracts for local Indigenous businesses in the region, if they exist. The Coastal GasLink pipeline project is owned and operated by TC Energy, which was selected by LNG Canada in 2012 to design, build, and ‘own’ the pipeline. The pipeline’s illegal construction is now causing a great deal of anger as it continues while governments use ‘stall tactics’ to diffuse public support for the Wet’suwet’en, and as a deceptive way to prohibit local protest.
Liars Figuring So Figures Lie
Now while $115 million over 25 years offered may sound like a lot of money, it really works out to be less than a million a year ($920,000) for each of the five elected chiefs and band councils. And keep in mind that the $60 million quoted for possible income generation is for the ‘total project value’, not the income opportunity provided to indigenous contractors, which will no doubt turn out to be next to nothing over 25 years. After 25 years, too bad, so sad. In this old fart’s mind that qualifies it to be nothing more than yet another instance of ‘liars figuring so figures lie’, as foreign people are back in First nation villages, this time offering fabulous fiscal mirrors, beads and trinkets to unfairly take advantage of the ‘natives’ once again.
After 25 Years, Too bad, So Sad
Now the corporation’s highly inflated claim brings up some very important questions. For instance, note that the corporation very, very specifically said the money is designated to be given to the ‘elected band councils’, not the bands. Why, and exactly what does that mean? And why only $920,000 per band council per year for only 25 years? It’s a horrifyingly insulting small sum when compared to the billions, possibly trillions, of dollars that foreign corporations stand to make EVERY YEAR when the entire project is completed.
Financials Indicate Bands Will Actually Be Paying TC Energy
Sickeningly, when one factors in all the cultural and territorial desecration and devastation, the ongoing gas dumps and pollution that will be created, and the ugly steel scar that will forever remain across their land, the bottom line of the project’s financials indicate that the bands will actually be paying the corporation to put the pipeline through, not the other way around. And though the corporation speaks eloquently and benevolently enough of ‘equity ownership’, it refuses to offer the bands shares in the corporation, preferring to produce and promise fictitious amounts as needed in order to ‘buy’ the elected band councils’ approvals.
Contractually Forced To Publicly Sing Coastal Gaslink’s Praises
I say fictitious, because though TC Energy makes wondrous and magnificent promises with it’s mouth, it’s ink on paper gives itself a million ways of screwing the bands out of every cent they’re foolishly led to believe they’ll get. And TC Energy insists that all of the ‘final’ details remain secret, as it contractually forces the elected band councils to wear a different black face as they publicly sing the corporation’s praises, and reprimand and punish anyone in the band who speaks against the pipeline. If the bands don’t dance fast enough, high enough, and long enough, Coastal Gaslink threatens to whip them with ‘fines’. Now this old fart wants to know what the hell all the secrecy is about in these here deals anyway, because to me anytime and every time that folks have themselves business secrets involving public and communal lands, they’s up to no damn good.
Secrets Make Society Mentally Ill
In addition I’m right unhappy about the nasty part of such suspicious secrets, which is how they make society mentally ill. It fills us with unnecessary paranoia and feeling unspoken threats of bad things happening if anything’s said, and that there ain’t no way for the people of this amazing nation to be feeling. So this old fart finds himself fit to be tied, because at the end of the day laws are being trampled, rights are being trampled, and the future is being trampled, all because Coastal Gaslink, LNG Canada, and Site C are the perverted pollutionary products of John Hogan’s School of Creative Mathematics and Indigenous Disgraces.
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