Tar Sands Blockade

Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and organizers using nonviolent direct action to physically stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
TX and OK Residents Start New Chapter as Keystone XL South Begins Hazardous Materials Transport Through Region
The highly anticipated startup of the southern Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (KXL South) has not deterred impacted residents from beginning a new chapter in advocating the safety and integrity of their homes, communities, and natural spaces. Following years of entanglement with multinational pipeline corporation TransCanada and no support from elected officials, residents stretching from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast have been meeting to discuss how the tar sands pipeline has shaped how they relate to their communities and the political geographies of the pipeline.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
TD Bank Divestment From Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline a Hoax Conducted by Tar Sands Blockade Activists
This morning, a fake press release was sent from an email address at yourtdbank.com , to a parody website designed to look like TD Bank's press page announcing the bank's divestment from Keystone XL and tar sands. The fake release cited President Obama's recent climate speech and a host of economic problems for the tar sands industry as reasons for TD Bank’s decision to sell its $1.6 billion stake in Keystone XL and live up to their motto to be “As Green As Our Logo.”
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Dozens Storm Pipeline Regulator PHMSA Event, Demanding Stricter Safety Regulations for Tar Sands Bitumen
Dozens of concerned community members and activists from the Texas Action Coalition for the Environment and Tar Sands Blockade have stormed the lobby at the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Pipeline Safety Public Awareness Workshop, being held at the Hyatt Regency in Richardson. The protesters staged a tar sands spill and are carrying banners and signs to say that tar sands aren’t being regulated and must be stopped.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TransCanada Caught Training Police to Treat Peaceful Anti-Keystone XL Activists as 'Terrorists'
In the midst of recent national controversy surrounding government surveillance of the public, a recent Freedom of Information Act request to the Nebraska State Patrol has exposed evidence that TransCanada provided trainings to federal agents and local Nebraska police to suppress nonviolent activists protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by arresting them on “anti-terrorism statutes.” The presentation slides, obtained by grassroots landowner advocacy group Bold Nebraska, target Tar Sands Blockade activists by name.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Activist Climbs Flagpole Outside LyondellBasell, Hangs Banner Denouncing Investment in Tar Sands
An activist with Tar Sands Blockade climbed a 50 foot flagpole in front of LyondellBasell's downtown Houston office this morning and hung a banner denouncing the corporation's plans to nearly triple its tar sands processing capacity at its Houston Refining facility in the Hispanic neighborhood of Manchester. The banner reads, “LyondellBasell, Stay Out of Tar Sands. No KXL.”
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Newswire article
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Anti-Keystone XL Protests Erupt Across Country With More Planned Soon - Thirty-Seven Arrested Already
One month after the largest climate rally in U.S. history urged President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline’s northern segment, protesters in dozens of cities throughout the U.S. are confronting KXL's corporate backers directly. Thirty-seven have been arrested over the last ten days for disrupting business as usual at TransCanada and their investors' offices, with more are planned before the week is over.
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Newswire article
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Protestor Locks Himself to Conference Equipment, DisruptsTransCanada Presentation At Oil Industry Gathering
A protestor with Tar Sands Blockade this afternoon locked his neck to a projector screen in the middle of a TransCanada presentation at the North American Crude Marketing Conference in Houston. In taking direct action, Ethan Nuss confronted in-person Paul Miller, TransCanada’s Executive Vice President of Oil Pipelines, and a ballroom of tar sands industry investors, demanding a halt to the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Faulty Weld on Keystone XL Compromise Lives of East Texas Community
On the morning of December 3rd, faulty welds inside of a mile-long segment of KXL pipe were discovered during a Tar Sands Blockade action. The blockaders were shocked to find light shining through a weld precisely where they were resting after barricading themselves inside. The property through which the pipeline was being constructed belonged to a multi-generational Africa-American family, some of whom had had their land seized through the process of eminent domain, while others were paid as little as $200.
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Newswire article
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Spectacular Keystone XL Aerial Tree Blockade Halts Construction in Diboll, TX in Solidarity with Idle No More First Nations Movement
Late last night, blockaders set up two “dump platforms” in trees outside of Diboll, Texas which would otherwise be cleared to make way for TransCanada's Keystone XL toxic tar sands pipeline. These special “dump platforms” are shielded by an unprecedented 80-100 ft perimeter of life-lines arranged, which if disturbed would certainly dump the two blockaders nested in them roughly 50-60 ft in the air.
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