SALTILLO, TEXAS – September 5, 2012, 7AM – Three landowner advocates and climate justice organizers have locked themselves to feller buncher machines used for clearing large trees in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Today’s action has halted work on a segment of TransCanada’s illegitimate pipeline outside of Saltillo, TX. As promised, Tar Sands Blockade’s rolling campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience pushes forward.
***UPDATE – 11:00AM: WE WON All Law Enforcement Has Left the Scene!
Their civil parting words: “Whatever you do make sure everyone’s safe.”
WE WON! Guess they realized our brave Blockaders aren’t the real criminals! The few workers on site are filing out as well. We’ll be holding down the fort just to be sure!
***UPDATE – 10:45AM: Police Are Accusing Blockaders of Equipment Theft
Worst way to “steal” equipment EVER. Just sayin’…
***UPDATE – 9:30AM: 3 Hopkins Co. Sherrif’s Deputies Arrive on Scene more than 2 Hours after the Fact
Threats of criminal trespass charges are being discussed, but our brave Blockaders are holding strong!
***UPDATE – 9AM: 20 Workers Show Up, Are Turned Away from Site!
7 trucks with 20-25 workers showed up at the site to meet their Foreman only to be turned away. One truck with a ditch witch continued on to the easement. ALL truck plates were out of state plates including Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Local jobs anyone?
7AM – BREAKING! 3 Blockaders Locked to Equipment Halt Work at Another Keystone XL Site!