In his Sept. 9 letter, Misinformed activism, Enbridge Pipelines spokesman Dale Burgess dismissively and misleadingly described those who oppose his company's involvement with the University of Winnipeg's Eco-Kids program as a "small minority of university students."
In reality, the U of W students association board of directors -- the democratically elected body representing all 10,000 students enrolled at the U of W -- unanimously passed a resolution to "formally express its opposition to Enbridge's sponsorship of programming at the University of Winnipeg."
Second, Burgess attacks those opposed to the sponsorship agreement for being "misinformed" and for "misrepresenting" Enbridge's safety record.
Were we misinformed when we pointed out the more than 800 spills from Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010? Were we misrepresenting when we drew attention to the fact that the Enbridge pipeline rupture on the Kalamazoo River in 2010 caused the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history?
The six top executives at Enbridge earned more than $40 million among them in 2012. What better way to show their "serious dedication to the environment" and their love of "underprivileged children" than by anonymously donating 0.06 per cent of their annual salaries and covering the entire $25,000 cost of Eco Kids themselves?