VANCOUVER -- Organizations founded by an American oil baron and a Silicon Valley philanthropist are among the foreign charities being targeted by Enbridge in its battle against critics of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Tens of millions of dollars have been donated to conservation groups and initiatives in B.C., for everything from Earth Day celebrations to aboriginal salmon recovery programs.
It's a point of contention for the pipeline proponent, which has asked the environmental review panel examining the Northern Gateway project to compel funding information from its critics. The panel returns to B.C. this week for final hearings on the controversial project.
And it's a point of contention for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who earlier this year decried the "foreign special interest groups" that "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda."