This morning in DC, protestors marched in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockaders in East Texas, “blockading the doors to the … TransCanada lobby firm.”
From Tar Sands Blockade:
The crowd blockaded the door chanting: “˜No pipeline, No tar sands, No destruction of indigenous lands!’ Police were quick to arrive at the scene and arrested several protesters. Today’s action demonstrates the growing grassroots movement across North America to prevent destruction from toxic tar sands pipelines.
For live updates follow #NoKXL and @KXLBlockade on twitter and the live stream from @occuypyeye.
A few days earlier, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein brought supplies to the Winnsboro, Texas Tree Blockade. Two women, Pika (from Vermont) and Lauren (from New Hampshire), joined the Blockaders in the trees in Sacul, Texas. All three women were arrested, and after several hours, released.
Keystone XL and tar sands exploitation will only further exacerbate these types of extraordinary weather events in addition to facilitated the stealing of land for a multinational corporation at below fair-market-value rates as well as the poisoning of air, water and land at the bitumen surface strip mining sites, along the pipeline route where spills are inevitable, and in the refinery communities of south Texas where the ridiculously toxic and dangerous diluted bitumen will be refined into industrial petroleum feed stock and exported tax-free.
(Tar Sands Blockade DC Solidarity action photo via Tar Sands Blockade)