Trans Mountain ‘investigates’ allegations, adviser registers Proud Boy’s Calgary domain


Trans Mountain, a state-owned Canadian pipeline and energy company, says it is investigating allegations that one of its advisors has ties to the Proud Boys, a group on a federal list of terrorist organizations.

The allegations follow a massive data breach by Epik, a US-based internet company known for hosting and providing online services for right-wing extremist content.

The records released by the online hacktivist group Anonymous contain a wealth of personal information about some of the names behind viral campaigns promoting racism, misinformation, disinformation and other extremist views on the Internet, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The Narwhal reviewed billing records from the breach, which included the name, personal address, and phone number of a Calgary-based advisor who said on LinkedIn that he had been a Geographic Information Systems Technologist for Trans Mountain since November 2019, the Calgary man’s records registered on December 9, 2019 the domain

At first it was not clear whether the man was a self-employed contractor or an employee of Trans Mountain.

“We are currently investigating the claim,” Trans Mountain said in a brief email to The Narwhal on Thursday, responding to questions about the revelations that have been shared repeatedly on Twitter over the past few days.

Get The Narwhal In Your Inbox!

People always tell us that they love our newsletter. Find out for yourself with a weekly dose of our ad-free, independent journalism

Last February, the Canadian government added the Proud Boys to its list of terrorist groups, stating that the extremist group played a “decisive role” in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th. The listing makes it a criminal offense to offer the Proud Boys financial support or other services.

The federal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline and several related assets in a billion dollar deal in 2018 after previous owner Kinder Morgan threatened to cancel a proposed pipeline expansion project on the west coast.

Public opposition to new oil and gas projects, recent federal efforts to raise environmental standards, and long delays in projects such as expanding the Trans Mountain Pipeline have all got off the ground in oil-dependent provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan Backlash led. The pro-oil and gas movement has hosted various protests that have attracted far-right activists who spread racist messages and threats against First Nations.

Some Oilpatch workers have explicitly distanced themselves from extremist messages, and it is not clear whether the Proud Boys actively organized within these movements or tried to take advantage of public anger to get their own message across.

The narwhal attempted to reach the man identified in the epic injury on Thursday via phone, text message, email, and a LinkedIn message, but did not respond immediately. His accounts on Facebook and LinkedIn, which were publicly visible on Thursday morning, appeared to be offline by late afternoon.

Rob Monster, Epik’s chief executive officer, was reached by phone and declined to comment on the content his company is hosting and asked The Narwhal to email questions.

The company did not respond prior to posting.

New title

And while you’re here, we have a favor to ask of you. Our independent, ad-free journalism is made possible because the people who value our work also support it (did we mention that our stories are free for everyone to read, not just those who can afford to pay?) .

As a nonprofit, reader-funded news organization, our goal is not to sell ads or please corporate personalities – but rather to bring evidence-based news and analysis to the surface for all Canadians. And at a time when most news outlets were firing reporters, we hired five journalists last year.

Not only are we filling a void in environmental reporting, we’re telling stories in other ways too – by centering indigenous voices, community building, and all of this as a human-run, not-for-profit, sponsored by. is supported more than 3,500 members.

The truth is we wouldn’t be here without you. Each and every one of you who read and share our articles is a critical part of building a new model for Canadian journalism where people come before profit.

We know the world’s problems these days can feel overwhelming to * touch *. It’s easy to feel like what we do doesn’t make a difference, but becoming a member of The Narwhal is a small possibility, really can Make a difference.

If you think news organizations should report to their readers, not advertisers or shareholders, please Become a monthly member of The Narwhal today for any amount you can afford.


About Author

Leave A Reply