Government officials shook over Straight’s “sabotage” article

Cover of the Georgia Straight with its "sabotage" article.

Cover of the Georgia Straight with its “sabotage” article.

Government officials are clearly shook over the recent article published by Vancouver’s Georgia Straight concerning potential sabotage against the Enbridge pipeline.   That article, reposted on Warrior Publications, was entitled “Activists plot how to block new pipelines in BC.”   Although there have been many calls made for civil disobedience, this is one of the first major public discussions about the potential for sabotage actions against pipeline construction. 

MacKay warns would-be oil saboteurs

DANIEL PROUSSALIDIS, QMI AGENCY/The Toronto Sun, January 10th, 2014

OTTAWA – Canada’s justice minister is warning activists who muse about sabotaging oil pipelines and “war” against energy companies to watch their steps.

“Anything that promotes sabotage, which is mischief, which is damage to property, which is in many cases dangerous, is illegal,” Peter MacKay said Thursday in Halifax. “And there are limits obviously placed on protests and on a person’s efforts to express their disdain and their opposition to certain issues.”

MacKay’s comments come in response to a report this week in the leftist, Vancouver-based Georgia Straight newspaper about how environmental and aboriginal activists will oppose Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline if the feds approve the project and construction begins.

The Dishonourable Peter Mackay, federal Minister of Injustice, looking very concerned.

The Dishonourable Peter Mackay, federal Minister of Injustice, looking very concerned.

Activist Ambrose Williams is quoted as saying he doesn’t condone sabotage or destruction of property, but still holds that “anything like that is acceptable if the cause is just.”

“And stopping the pipeline is a just cause,” he said in the report.

The same report quotes Williams’ fellow activist Shannon Hecker as saying opposition to oil and gas pipelines “is just like another sort of front on that same war” to defend Mother Nature.

That’s the kind of talk that could attract the attention of CSIS or other security agencies in Canada.

CSIS declined QMI Agency’s request for comment, but a spokesman noted the issue of environmental extremism has been on the agency’s radar for years.

“Eco-extremists, aboriginal extremists and other issue-motivated groups in Canada, though very small in number, can encourage, threaten and support serious acts of violence,” CSIS said in its 2009-2010 annual report.

Industry minister speaks out against anti-pipeline threats

By Daniel Proussalidis , Toronto Sun, Friday, January 10, 2014

OTTAWA — Another federal minister has jumped into the fray following a report this week about possible eco-extremist violence to stop any future construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline project in B.C.

“I think certainly those who speculate or engage in really aggressive kinds of protests that is not just about sharing their opinion, but denying other people the ability to express their opinion, is not something that I think people welcome,” Industry Minister James Moore said Friday in Vancouver.

James Moore, federal minister of Industry.

James Moore, federal minister of Industry.

His comments come a day after Justice Minister Peter MacKay warned activists they risk criminal charges if they go too far.

Concerns bubbled up this week following a Georgia Straight newspaper report.

In it, B.C.-based activist Ambrose Williams appeared to suggest property destruction would be alright for a “just cause” like stopping a pipeline, while fellow activist Shannon Hecker spoke of “war” to defend Mother Nature.

Both activists toned down their comments in a Friday interview with Sun News Network.

“It’s not that we plan to become violent,” said Williams. “I was merely citing … points in history where this has happened.”

Hecker said she doesn’t condone violence, but she also didn’t condemn it.

“I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do,” Hecker said.

Meanwhile, a former CSIS operative said the intelligence agency is paying attention to eco-extremists.

“They will definitely assign some investigators that will use various techniques, including occasionally recruiting sources and maybe double-agents to infiltrate those groups in order to understand what’s going on,” Michel Juneau-Katsuya, president of Northgate Group, said.

EXPLAINED: Eco-terrorism

CSIS Definition of extremists: Activists who “encourage, threaten and support serious acts of violence.”

Major past events:

October 2013: Activists riot and torch police cars in an effort to stop natural gas development in New Brunswick.

October 2013: Canadian eco-extremist Rebecca Rubin pleads guilty to setting a series of fires across the western U.S. that torched a ski resort and other buildings.

October 2008 – July 2009; Six bombs detonated on Encana natural gas pipelines in British Columbia

Threat to the energy projects:

“Attacks on the Western Canadian oil industry, ranging from vandalism to bombings, during the nineties and more recently in 2008-2009, serve as a reminder that opposition to the oil and gas industry in Alberta and British Columbia can at times become violent.”  (Source: 2012 CSIS Intelligence Assessment)

Posted on January 10, 2014, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on The Uncontrollable Ones.

  2. Douglas Whitbeck

    I am not an advocate of violence when there are other options. But when dialogue and reason fail, when treaties are broken, and when “the system” displays complete disregard for the rights and even the health of its citizens, those citizens may feel there is no other avenue for them to be heard. The following is from the Declaration of Independence of the United States:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

    The government of Canada has created this situation. I believe it is still within the power of the government of Canada to correct it, but it is so blinded by the power of greed that it has chosen to ignore its people.

    • Very well said.

    • To the aboriginals of Canada, the First people, it has been the way to genocide the way the government of Canada and B.C. is and has been treating First Nation. There is a hatred and racism coming forth from the way Prime Minister is coming forth with all the new bills, that takes away protectionism and care for all the rivers and lakes and the ocean, doing away with the protectionism of the Fisheries Act, and Fish and Wild Game Act, and has revised bills that will not protect the lands from over-harvesting the land, with clear-cut logging, sending in mining companies and fracking in peoples backyards. Tyranny is a word that suits what our government is doing. We have been stressed and oppressed with what the Harper government is doing to us.


    i hope bc does everything in their power to prevent this from happening harper sold this country out in the name of the cfhineese big bucks and until the next election i hope they stop this environment stealing killing garbage its one of the worst mistakes this country has ever done AND WE NEED NO HITLER IN POWER AND HARPER IS NOTHING BUT A FACIST AND DICTATOR IF ITS NOT HIS WAY THEN ITS NO WAY HERE WE HAVE TO HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE JUST TO GET RID OF THESE REJECTS FROM ROMPER ROOM THAT THINK THEY KNOW MORE THAN THE REST OF THE AVERAGE CANADIANS AND ALL SHOULD BE CONSULTED IN MATTERS LIKE THIS NOT THAT ASSHOLES DECISION ON HIS OWN

  4. Thanks. Theres no way I would have read these Articles because they’re from the sun (not really my source for current events). If they weren’t on your site I wouldn’t get to see what these people are afraid of (i.e what’s effective).

  5. well corruption is illegal and I don’t see your pansy ass in jail mfer. or your henchman’s or your bosses. You are illegal eith your vote buying, and your voter fraud. You guys are illegal . We are the people and we don’t like the way you are behaving.

  6. Reblogged this on LA PLUTOCRACIA BANANERA | THE BANANA PLUTOCRACY and commented:
    In #Canada, (like in #Colombia, although in a very different way), indigenous people are trying to defend their ancestral territories from extractive projects. These projects are cornerstones of the national government’s energy strategies (to export Tar sands oil to Asian markets); they will also exacerbate climate change, and are a demonstration that displacement as development, and conflicts over land use and settler colonialism are also alive and well in the Global North.

  7. They left out the RCMP bombings during the October Crisis and the CSIS bombings of the oil infrastructure around Weibo Ludwig’s home.

    • So right!!! Weibo wasn’t the crazy man he was made out to be, and neither are any of these people fighting to save themselves and their little piece of the planet from Greed and Destruction!!!

  8. I think it’s time for class action lawsuits to slow or stop this crooked conservative party efforts to break the rules to allow oil corporations to build at their discretion, I think these actions by the government speaks volumes of what is being done.

  9. That’s great that people are speaking publicly about the need for militant resistance, including possible attacks on pipelines. Just make sure to follow good Security Culture: those publicly advocating for underground resistance can’t be involved in it, and hypothetical underground activists should not make themselves a target by being involved in any aboveground activism.

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