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The People Can Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline: All Need to Support This Effort
By Kevin Zeese - Posted on 05 October 2012
The American people can win this batle to stop the Tar Sands Pipeline. This is an important issue for the Trans-National energy polluters. The opposition to this pipeline is broad -- it is not just people concerned with climate change (now 70% of the public recognizes climate change is human caused) -- but ranchers and farmers concerned that the water in the middle of the U.S. -- the bread basket of the world -- and that it will be polluted and food sources destroyed. It is indigenous Indians who see this as a destruction of the land. It is those who oppose the abusive power of eminent domain taking Americans lands for a Canadian corporation. It is those who see the need for us to transform to a carbon-free nuclear-free energy environment to a clean, grean, sustainable energy environment. It is economists who see the U.S. getting very little out of the TransCanada deal but taking a lot of risk with our enviroment and economy. It is all Americans who oppose corporate power controlling major decisons in our lives.
THIS IS A WINNABLE BATTLE. WE CAN STOP THIS PIPELINE.
Occupiers across the country need to make this their issue. Join this broad constituency and descend on the pipleline to stop it. We need to show that the abusive tactics of law enforcement on behalf of international corporations will result in more of us joining them. We need to show that the courage of activists on the ground is contatigious and the American people will not let this happen.
THIS IS A WINNABLE BATTLE. WE CAN STOP THIS PIPELINE.
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Great grandmother, Eleanor Fairchild, and film actress both arrested after blocking machinery
Tar Sands Blockade: Along with Landowner, Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested
October 5, 2012
Arrested on her own property for trespassing, east Texas great-grandmother says: “From the White House to my house, I don’t want this pipe threatening anyone’s house anywhere in the world!” (Photo: TarSandsBlockade.org)
Film actress Daryl Hanna was arrested in Texas on Thursday along with 78-year-old and great-grandmother Eleanor Fairchild after they put their bodies in front of heavy logging machinery and refused to move.
Eleanor Fairchild and Daryl Hannah were dragged from their positions in front of an excavator to keep it from tearing up Eleanor’s land. TransCanada’s machinery operator refuses to turn off engine despite peaceful protestors a few feet in front of them. (Photo: TarSandsBlockade.org)
Eleanor Fairchild, East Texas Farmer & Great-Grandmother
The arrest took place on Fairchild's own property, where Canadian pipeline company TransCanada is clearcutting forests to make a path for the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, designed to bring tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas refineries.
Daryl’s involvement in the Fairchild Farms story brought a cascade of media attention to the Tar Sands Blockade which has been ongoing for nearly two weeks in east Texas.
"How can you be arrested for “trespassing” on your own land?" asked members from Tar Sands Blockade in a statement. "Well, anything can happen when a multi-national corporation comes in and expropriates your farm for their profit."
On Thursday afternoon, Hannah marched across Fairchild’s property with the ranch owner to block construction crews who have cleared large swaths of land along the controversial tar sands pipeline’s route. Keystone XL will permanently bisect Fairchild’s 300 acre ranch, which includes undeveloped wetland areas and natural springs producing more than 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from her property. Hannah, whose outspoken anti-Keystone position dates back many years, expressed pride to be able to stand with Fairchild who is watching her home and its delicate ecosystems destroyed in front of her eyes.
“I am standing in solidarity with the farmers, ranchers and landowners who have been bullied, coerced and threatened by TransCanada. Texans do not want this toxic export pipeline coming through and compromising their land and water,” said Fairchild. “Texas has already experienced a tragic and epic drought. We cannot afford to compromise our water supply for a multinational corporation’s profits.”
“I couldn’t be prouder to take a stand with my new inspiration, Eleanor,” Hannah said. “We’re rising up to defend homes here and now, because if a multinational corporation like TransCanada can come in and steal private property from Texans, then they’ll do it to anyone.”
“Tar sands is the dirtiest fuel on the planet, and I want the world to know that Texans do not want this pipeline forced through their homes,” Fairchild said, pushing back against the argument that her stance was solely about protecting her own property and water supply. “From the White House to my house, I don’t want this pipe threatening anyone’s house anywhere in the world!”
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UPDATE 6:30PM - Photos and video of the action are coming soon. Follow us on twitter and facebook to be the first to see them.
UPDATE 4:30PM - TransCanada has arrested Eleanor for “trespassing” on her own land.
UPDATE 3:40PM – Daryl has been arrested for helping Eleanor defend her farm from toxic tar sands. Eleanor defiantly standing her ground with arms raised to halt TransCanada’s machinery.
UPDATE 3:35PM – Police officer trying to push Daryl and Eleanor out of the way! Yes, we got it on video.
UPDATE 3:30PM – Eleanor and Daryl defiantly step out in front of an excavator, a large piece of heavy machinery, to keep it from tearing up Eleanor’s land. TransCanada’s machinery operator refuses to turn off engine despite peaceful protestors a few feet in front of them.
Daryl brave’s fire and Keystone XL machinery to defend Eleanor’s farm.
UPDATE 3:15PM – Eleanor and Daryl march from Eleanor’s home down to the Keystone XL path of destruction that cuts through her 300 acre beloved farm and wetlands.
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