Dozens Arrested as Anti-Keystone XL Protests Erupt Across Country

22 Mar

Over 30 protests as part of Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers held by over 50 grassroots organizations take on corporate investors bankrolling the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipelineImage

WASHINGTON – March 20 – 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.

The March 16-23 Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers, in solidarity with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance’s Direct Action Camp in Ponca City, Oklahoma, is endorsed by over 50 grassroots environmental organizations around the country. Organizers seek to expose green-washed corporations like TD Bank, a top shareholder in TransCanada, and force them to divest from the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

“Its encouraging to see people around the country taking action to stop tar sands profiteers,” said Ron Seifert, spokesperson for Tar Sands Blockade. “No longer will we allow them to build KXL and invest in toxic projects that endanger the health of low-income and communities of color. We will not allow “business as usual” to continue.”

Here are a few highlights from the Week of Action so far:

Check for live updates from actions around the country. At least 18 more actions are planned between now and Saturday, March 23rd, including six more actions against TD Bank in New York City, Washington D.C., Montpellier, VT, Newark, DE, New Haven, CT, and Asheville, NC.

One of the largest events of the week will be tomorrow, Thursday, March 21 in Oklahoma. Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance is taking action to physically stop KXL construction. Read more here:


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.

3 Responses to “Dozens Arrested as Anti-Keystone XL Protests Erupt Across Country”

  1. Chesapeake EF!er March 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Quick correction: The three people who locked down in the TD Bank branch in DC on Tuesday weren’t arrested, though one of them was arrested two days later with four other people at a Valero office in DC.

  2. sarah March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    I fully support those who protest against the construction of the pipeline and it worries me a lot that we want to be a nation that protects the environment but on the other hand we allow these big corporations to destroy all our efforts in this particular area. I actively participate in a project called the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan introduced here in Vancouver whose aim is to eliminate the negative impact that our actions often have on the environment. But I think if such projects as the Keystone Pipeline are approved we’ll never achieve the desired results.

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