At 11 am this morning, after over 48 hours in the Franklin County jail, the 5 tar sands blockaders who were arrested on Wednesday were freed. They were being held on a $2,500 bail each. Click here to visit the Tar Sands Blockade blog to find out what is happening.
At 7AM Wednesday morning, September 5, 2012, three landowner advocates and climate justice organizers locked themselves to equipment used for clearing large trees in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Shortly thereafter, seven 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. The trucks that brought the workers to the site all had out of state plates from Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. The protesters didn’t know if any of the workers on those trucks were from Texas or not, but it begs the question about TransCanada’s claims that this will bring jobs to Texas.
This action halted work on a segment of TransCanada’s illegitimate pipeline outside of Saltillo, TX. The organizers tell us that they are fulfilling their promise of their campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience pushing forward.
You can track what is happening at the site throughout the day at the Tar Sands Blockade blog – http://tarsandsblockade.org/.