Brian Grant, president and COO of Goldbrook Ventures in Vancouver provided his thoughts on the Greenpeace activists who recently occupied Shell Canada’s Muskeg River oil sands mine:
“As a comment on your oil sands story and Greenpeace, it always amazes me that such protest groups or individuals appear to carry out their activities with no thought to responsibility or impacts of their actions. I wonder why they are never held accountable for damages due to physical protests such as this or for misuse and/or misleading of scientific information. Mining companies are held to account for all their activity in that they need qualified persons, 43-101 reports by third-party professionals, but our opponents in such situations are seemingly free to carry on without any thought of accountability for their actions or misuse of their position of authority in society.
“I think it high time that those who have no vested interest in projects be held accountable for their opposition. If they have valid scientific or technical reasons to protest development they should easily be able to justify their stance by issuing the equivalent of a 43-101-compliant report. If they can support their positions they should have every right to protest, but if they are simply anti-mining because they’ve been brainwashed to think that way, they should be responsible for their impacts,” concluded Grant.
He makes an excellent point, which leads us to this week’s Hot Topic …