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MI-CATS Reports: Activists Block Tar Sands Pipeline

The press advisory below was retrieved from interoccupy.net.

UPDATE 1:15pm - 11 people have thus far been arrested. Please support these blockaders by writing [email protected] to show support (it’s difficult to do “too much” when it comes to showing support!), going to their Facebook page or website (michigancats.org) to learn more (and about how you can help), and of course helping contribute funds for bail!

UPDATE 2:15pm - it seems the media has been all over this protest. Google “stockbridge protest” and you’ll find dozens of hits! We started compiling them below but then just gave up because there were too many hits.

Click here to see some media hits

Images from the protest:

Protestors holding signs near the construction site close to where others were locked down.

Enbridge blockaders locked to construction equipment.

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PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACTIVISTS BLOCK TAR SANDS PIPELINE.

[email protected]
Andrew Joyce: off site media liaison
616 298 9318

#micatsact

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This morning Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) is taking direct action near Stockbridge to halt construction of the Tar Sands pipeline 6B expansion project of Canadian corporation Enbridge. Over 40 Michiganders have come to oppose the infamous corporation’s flagrant expansion of the very same pipeline that spilled out into the Kalamazoo River only three years ago. Enbridge claims that they have restored the river after a spill are no excuse to expand the pipeline, expanding the pipeline increases the risk for everyone.

Residents are currently halting Enbridge’s construction plans by putting their bodies on the line in an act of non violent civil disobedience against Enbridge’s plans. At least 6 people have been arrested so far as police attempt to shut down the protest. 4 people are currently locked down to construction equipment and refusing to move. Police have arrested their medical support team and threaten to arrest anyone who tries to approach them.

Check into the MI CATS Facebook Page for up to the minute updates and photo uploads.

These measures come after the exhaustion of every method within the law, as it has become apparent from our experiences all throughout the state. Our state government is ready to set aside its own laws and legal processes to accommodate this foreign corporation.

Enbridge itself has consistently demonstrated that their sole priority is their own bottom line, not the health and safety of the people of Michigan, our ecosystem, and even their own workers.

Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands seeks to unite the people of Michigan toward the common goal of stopping all transportation of tar sands oil in the state and advocating against the production and transportation of tar sands everywhere. We work in solidarity with the global movement against harsh fossil fuel extractive practices.

According to one person who is participating in this action:

This pipeline is a disaster for Michigan’s water and the global climate. I’m blockading this pipeline to prevent the next spill because I care about Michigan’s air and water. People all over the world are taking action in their own community this Fearless Summer. We need to leave all fossil fuels in the ground.”
-William Lawrence of East Lansing

We will not allow Canadian tar sands to pass through our backyards. We will no longer allow the same Canadian corporation responsible for the tar sands which still lie at the bottom of our Kalamazoo River to place all of us at risk. We are taking this action to protect from another spill and to ensure a livable planet for generations to come.

Location of the action is the Enbridge 6B easement off of Grimes west of M-52 near Stockbridge, MI. Look for the orange construction signs and the police presence. Hashtag ‪#‎micatsact‬.

Updates on the action will continue, as events unfold.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/micatsact/