Day 4: TD Bank Slammed As Tar Sands Profiteer

The fourth day of the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action starts with an unexpected surprise at a TD Bank in Washington  DC early this morning. Three people locked themselves inside to protest TD Bank’s investments in tar sands. All three were released without charges. Also, we just got some brilliant photos from another TD Bank action in upstate New York this last weekend.


Tuesday, March 19 – Three People Lock Themselves Inside a TD Bank in DC

Early this morning three people locked themselves inside a TD Bank branch in Washington, DC. TD Bank is one of TransCanada’s largest shareholders and is bankrolling the toxic Keystone XL pipeline.

One protestor used a bike lock to attach his neck to the door outside while two others locked themselves in a barrel full of concrete just inside the lobby. Police arrived, shut down rush hour traffic on P street, and held up sheets to block the view of media. After each protestor was extracted they were released without charges!

Read more on indymedia, and Cool Revolution, and see the entire photo album.
TDBank_DC Lockdown

TD Bank’s corporate greenwashed image as a community friendly institution is being tarnished more every day. People along the East Coast are taking action to expose this tar sands profiteer and send a clear message that TD’s investments in KXL are just as toxic as the contents of the pipeline. TD Bank must divest or continue to be met with resistance in the communities where it attempts to conduct business. Find a TD Bank location near you and let them know what you think about the 13,662,302 shares it owns in TransCanada.
TD DC mugginTD Coverup

Here’s a livestream interview with one of the blockaders and a video from the action:


Saturday, March 16 –  Dozens of Activists Rallied Outside TD Bank in Kingston, NY

A group of three dozen activists with props, propellers and signs formed a picket line outside the TD Bank on Washington Avenue. They passed out flyers and chanted slogans as passing motorists gave their support.  ”TransCanada is the multibillion-dollar corporation who’s driving the Keystone Pipeline project,” said organizer Morganne Montana. “We want to draw attention to the depth of this project, and encourage people to divest from TD Bank.”

Read this excellent coverage in the local press.

NY TD Bank Group

Photo credit: Peter Cook

Also check out their media coverage:


Tuesday, March 19 – 150 People Serenade Minnesota Senator Klobuchar to Vote “No KXL”

In a demonstration organized by MN 350 and Idle No More about 150 people showed, up in the snow, to serenade Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and ask her to vote “no” on Keystone XL.

“We do not want the XL pipeline going through the United States,” said Patricia Shepard of Idle No More Minnesota. “We’re not going to be beneficiaries from it. Plus, it’s dirty. It’s contaminating the lands. People are dying from cancers up in Alberta.” Read more here.


 March 19 – Banner Drop in Oklahoma Promotes Week of Action

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March 19 – Sierra Club Delaware Chapter Tar Sands Profiteers Protest at Rail Site

Sierra Club Delaware chapter held a tar sands banner and signs in front of the very place where the toxic tar sands are being held in rail cars as they wait to be unloaded and processed at the Delaware City refinery.

Newark, Delaware is getting railroaded by tar sands which are are not only more than 3x worse for our warming climate, but much more carcinogenic and polluting to refine.

Read more about the action on the Delaware Sierra Club website.


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Day 3: Blockades and Bikes From Coast to Coast

The third day of the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action continues strong with over 40 rallying at a Michels Construction office outside Seattle, an anti-fracking blockade in New York that resulted in twelve arrests, and a polluter bike tour in Portland, Oregon. 


Monday, March 18 – Over 40 rally outside Michels Corporation in Kirkland, Washington 

A group of 40 citizens, including representatives from Idle No More, gathered in front of a Michels office in Kirkland, WA to deliver an official letter demanding they stop building the Keystone XL pipeline. Chants and songs went on for an hour and at one point there was an open mic where a woman from the Oglala Lakota nation spoke about how she lost her husband to cancer living near the tar sands operations. Check out the great coverage in the local Kirkland Reporter.

See more stunning photos from Alex Garland Photography here.

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Seattle Michels March

And watch their video here!


Monday, March 18 – Twelve Arrested for Blockading Fracking Site in Upstate New York

Twelve protestors were arrested this morning after linking arms and blockading the entrance of an Inergy fracking facility in Watkins Glen, New York. Much like other forms of extreme energy extraction, fracking and tar sands are closely related because natural gas is required to pump diluted bitumen through pipelines like KXL and to refine tar sands.

Inergy is a Kansas City, MO based corporation whose natural gas and liquid petroleum gas storage facility would lock in natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region. Local residents have been working hard to ensure the DEC gives adequate attention to legitimate scientific and socioeconomic concerns about the Inergy natural gas facility. The community decided to take action today because the DEC’s current draft analysis of the environmental impacts is completely inadequate, ignoring the local health impacts from air pollution.

Blockaders sang songs and deployed a banner reading “Our Future is Unfractured, We Are Greater Than Dirty Inergy.” Among those arrested are: Sandra Steingraber Ph.D., biologist, author, and Trumansburg, NY resident, New York Green Umbrella organizer KC Alvey, and residents of Seneca Lake. Read more on their website Our Future Is Unfractured.

Check out the livestream video of the action:


Monday, March 18 – Bike Tour of Portland’s Worst Polluters To Highlight Local Climate Change Profiteers

Video of blockader Isabel Brooks speaking in front of TransCanada offices on the Portland Bike Tour. Isabel spent several weeks in jail after barricading themself inside a mile-long segment of the Keystone XL in Texas. You can read more about that action here.

For the full story of the Portland’s Worst Polluters Tour, with lots of great photos and video, read this article from Mismanaging Perception.

Here’s the press release organizers sent this morning:

This afternoon, Portlanders will take the streets by bike to tour some of Portland’s worst polluting companies and organizations in solidarity with the ongoing blockade of the Keystone XL pipeline. Many of these organizations cynically brand themselves as “green” and “sustainable” while contributing to pollution locally, nationally, and internationally.

In the past, the Portland’s Worst Polluters Tour has highlighted all manner of polluters and polluting activities from coal profiteers and energy monopolists to Superfund sites. This is a necessary activity since Portland has a stunningly high amount of pollution and is home to some of the nation’s worst polluters. Unbeknownst to most Portlanders (including a great many of its journalists), the City of Portland:

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Week of Action Kicks Off With Creativity Across the Country

The Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action kicked off with some amazing creativity across the country: St. Patty’s day parades in Boston, green revelers stopping buses full of oil execs in New Orleans, picturesque canyon banner drops in Utah, and a overpass light brigade in Wisconsin. Join an action near you.

Sunday, March 17 – New Orleans, Oil Execs Get a Big St. Patrick’s Day Surprise

River Delta Resist! held a rally in protest of the Howard Weil Energy Conference, host to such big oil players as BP, Shell, Valero, and other investors in tar sands and extraction industries. The group disguised as St. Patrick’s day revelers successfully blocked two buses full of oil executives and disrupted corporate dinners throughout the French Quarter,  and marched throughout the city.

NOLA St. Patrick's Day

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Sunday, March 17 – Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Green activists march in the traditional Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade as part of a Climate Justice division. Marchers grooved to the Soul ‘n Roll band Melodeego and engaged the crowd with anti-tar sands call and response chants. Well done Veterans for Peace!

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Saturday, March 16 – Banner Drop in Grand County, Utah

Activists from Grand County, Utah drop a large banner along the route of a popular annual half marathon. Canyon Country Rising Tide, Before It Starts, and individuals who came together for a series of events in Moab, Utah unfurled this banner to raise awareness about the first-ever large scale tar sands mine in the U.S., which U.S. Oil Sands Inc. plans to build just 60 miles from where this photo was taken.

Check out this local blog for stunning photos and the local chatter about the banner.

Utah banner drop


Saturday, March 16 – Wisconsin Activists have a Message for Obama

On Saturday evening, in West Allis, WI, members from the group Overpass Light Brigade (OLB), met above a busy overpass to spell out their message to the president loud and clear. The words “Block Keystone XL” could be seen by passing motorists.

WI light brigade

And check out the video they made:

Block the Keystone XL Pipeline from Occupy Riverwest on Vimeo.

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