Activists successfully shut down five pipelines today across the U.S. that deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada. The pipelines targeted were Enbridge line 4 and 67 in Leonard, Minnesota; TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota; Spectra Energy’s Express pipeline at Coal Banks Landing, Montana; and Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline in Anacortes, Washington.
The five climate activists that shut down tar sands pipelines today: Emily Johnson, 50, and Michael Foster, 52, of Seattle, WA, Annette Klapstein, 64, of Bainbridge Island, WA, Ken Ward, 59, of Corbett, OR, and Leonard Higgins, 64, of Eugene, Oregon.
Shut It Down
In an online statement by
, the group said:
“This morning, by 7:30 PST, 5 activists have successfully shut down 5 pipelines across the United States delivering tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for
. Activists employed manual safety valves, calling on President Obama to use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe.”
Since then, EcoWatch has learned that police have approached two sites so far and two women have been arrested in Minnesota. The
are Emily Johnston, 50, and retired attorney Annette Klapstein, 64.
“For years we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been enough; without a radical shift in our relationship to Earth, all that we love will disappear,” Johnston said. “My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail. My love for the beauties of this world is far greater than my love of an easy life.”
Only one activist is at each site, accompanied by a support person and video crew. The groups have been posting and live-streaming on
. In Montana, Leonard Higgins, 64, shut the valve on a pipeline that carries oil south from Canada.
“We’re in a state of emergency to protect our loved ones and our families, our communities,” Higgins said as he was filmed at the pipeline.