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Enbridge CEO gets $1.3 million bonus in spite of a million gallon oil spill in Michigan last July

Enbridge clearly shows its cynical bottom line when it comes to paying its executives bonuses.  Pat Daniels, Enbridge CEO, is to receive the bonus on top of his base salary, stock options, etc.  This is given to him in spite of his company’s biggest oil spill in the American Midwest, and potential criminal charges for his company for having repeatedly refused to fix identified defects on the line.

Last August, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Enbridge $2.4 million for violations of federal pipeline safety regulations for an incident on Nov. 28, 2007, in which two Enbridge employees were killed. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s investigation found that Enbridge failed to safely and adequately perform maintenance and repair activities, clear the designated work area from possible sources of ignition, and hire properly trained and qualified workers.

It seems, for oil executives, the more you spill, the more you destroy, the more you cheat, the more you get. The rest of us then have to live with the catastrophes they cause. If Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project is allowed to go through, we’re likely to be next.  Watch for what their CEO will get after they destroy our rivers and our coast.

Josette Wier

Smithers