Reality Check for Mr. Heider and TQM
Mr. Robert Heider is vice-president of regulatory affairs and marketing for TQM
Dear Mr. Heider,
I see by your comments in the July 20th edition of the Montreal Gazette that
you have a few misconceptions. I would like to help you reach a better
understanding of the situation.
I am not an exception. I invite you to attend the second round of the BAPE
commission hearings where you shall have the opportunity to hear from scores of
people who share views similar to mine.
Perhaps you have confused me with someone else: at no time have I ever
refused any discussions with you, your company, or its representatives. TQM has
only approached me as an individual once. That was on the 6th of February when
representatives of the TQM environmental consultants and negociators met with
me at my home. It was a cordial meeting and I listened with interest. The
representatives left saying that they would get back to me about a few
unanswered concerns, but I never heard from them again.
It took persistence and determination on the part of our landowners to push
TQM away from cutting sugar bushes standing in the way of the pipeline in our
area so I was happy to hear of your concerns about cutting through an area of
pines and maples. While I am definitely not advocating that TQM use the
commercial property adjoining mine, I should tell you that the pine trees to
which you refer are about a foot high and that the maple trees in whose place
the pines were planted, and to which you also refer, were reduced by logging to
less than half-a-dozen during the past year.
Time permitting, I would be happy to discuss other possible routes for the
PNGTS Extension with you or your representatives. I believe there are some
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