Jul 21, 2014
Twenty-one protesters were arrested Monday at a blockade set up to thwart construction work on the first tar sands mine in the United States--a project the activists say will cause irreparable damage to water, land and the climate.
According to a statement from Utah Tar Sands Resistance, roughly 80 climate justice activists took part in the direct action, some of whom locked themselves to equipment. Others unfurled a banner reading "You are trespassing on Ute land," referring the project's encroachment on native land, and "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance."
Rising Tide North America is coordinating donations for legal support for the activists that were arrested.
Monday's action challenging the company's PR Spring project comes at the tail end of a week-long Climate Justice Summer Camp, which takes place at a permanent protest vigil organized by Utah Tar Sands Resistance and Peaceful Uprising.
"US Oil Sands perfectly demonstrates capitalism's brazen disregard for the climate crisis, human and tribal rights and rights of the planet itself to be free of dangerous corporate parasites," stated Jessica Lee, a spokesperson for the climate justice groups.
US Oil Sands has touted its first-of-its kind tar sands extraction process using citrus-based solvents that "will smell lemony fresh" as being environmentally friendly--a claim critics slam as "insane."
Follow tweets from Utah Tar Sands Resistance below to see updates on those arrested:
Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.