Video: Fighting For Cummins Hill – Stop the Tennessee Pipeline!


Our allies working in Pennsylvania have been resisting the Tennessee Pipeline from going through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.  This video highlights their struggle as they occupied the road on Cummins Hill to stop workers from clear cutting the trees on the easement.

But their fight is not over!  Visit for more info about the campaign, the resistance, and how to contribute to their supplies and bail funds.

The Quest For Sustainability With Pike County

Creative Director & Producer: Zakee Kuduro

Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

Imagine living in a place that’s so serene that when you open your eyes… you’ll swear you are standing inside of your dream. Of course you don’t want to awake, only to pinch yourself standing in all the Glory that has been given for your eyes to see. You touch the air with your tongue and run your fingers through the soil invoking all its minerals.
Oil pipelines have been in the news a lot this past year, between the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and various publicized oil spills. Potential human health effects of these spills are one of the concerns frequently raised, so I decided to take a fairly high-level look at the potential risks by hitting the road for our “Quest for Sustainability” series. I made the journey up to Pike County, Pennsylvania just outside of Upstate NY where describing the mountains as beautiful is a complete understatement. This is the part 1 of a story of a small town in Milford PA who wants to keep their water clean, air free of toxins and of course pipeline free.

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Protestor Locks Himself to Conference Equipment, Disrupts TransCanada Presentation At Oil Industry Gathering

An activist with Tar Sands Blockade locked his neck to a projector screen and successfully disrupted a TransCanada presentation at an oil industry gathering 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. Read more in the Houston Chronicle and Democracy Now! Watch the full action video here:

Update 8:30am — Ethan’s just been bailed out!

We’re all happy and excited to see him, and can now celebrate his birthday with him.

Update 1:50am — Check out the livestream video of Thursday’s conference disruption action below!

Update Friday, March 1st, 1:15am — Ethan is expected to be in jail through the night.

Ethan hasn’t yet been charged with anything or had his bail amount set. We’re hoping to have him out tomorrow by noon or so. Show your support for his courageous act of civil disobedience!  Donate to help bail him out and support Tar Sands Blockade to continue to confront tar sands profiteers. Read the letter he wrote before taking action.

Update 8pm — Ethan still hasn’t been officially charged yet.

He’s in high spirits and sends along his deepest gratitude for all the love and birthday well-wishes:

“I turned 29 today, and there is nowhere that I’d rather spend my birthday than locked to that projector screen, speaking truth to power.”

Ethan Senior Portrait

Although he’d never admit it, we know he’d much rather be here, eating birthday cake and celebrating another revolution around the sun, than sitting in Houston City Jail right now. Donate to his birthday bail fund here.

Make his other birthday wish come true by signing up to host an action during the Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers this March 16-23!

Spread the word on facebook and twitter about Ethan’s action today if you agree that Keystone XL is a toxic investment and that we won’t tolerate its ‘business as usual’ any longer.

Update 5:15pm — We’ve just heard from Ethan that he’s been charged with criminal trespass.

Ethan showed great courage to be able to confront tar sands profiteers and other forms of deadly energy at one of their marketing conferences. Show your support by donating to help bail him out!

Update 3pm — Ethan has just been extracted, taken into police custody, and removed from the building.

Believe it or not, today is actually Ethan’s 29th birthday! Show your support for Ethan and help bail him out of jail!

Update 2:30pm — All protestors are outside of the hotel now except for Ethan, who is still locked to the projection screen in the conference room.

Update 2:15pm — Protestors continue to yell and chant outside of the hotel where the conference is being disrupted.

Update — In solidarity with Ethan and other oil conference disruptors, Tar Sands Blockaders dropped banners in sight of two major Houston highways.

Banner off Route 90 and the Buffalo Bayou in Houston reading "Today's 'Jobs' Aren't Worth Earth's Demise"

Banner off Route 90 and the Buffalo Bayou in Houston reading “Today’s ‘Jobs’ Aren’t Worth Earth’s Demise”

Banner off Route 10 reading "Protect the Sacred!  No Pipelines on Stolen Land" in solidarity with the Red Lake Blockade against Enbridge pipelines in Minnesota.

Banner off Route 10 reading “Protect the Sacred! No Pipelines on Stolen Land” in solidarity with the Red Lake Blockade against Enbridge pipelines in Minnesota

Update 2:10pm — Here’s a pic of Ethan testifying to the crowd. His shirt reads “STOP TAR SANDS”

Ethan speaks out to a room full of tar sands profiteers

Ethan speaks out to a room full of tar sands profiteers

Update 2:05pm — More protestors are outside the conference lobby chanting “All night, all day, Tar Sands Blockade!”

Update 1:53pm — All press have been kicked out of the conference.

Houston, TX — February 28th, 2013, 1:45pm – 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.

Nuss successfully disrupted the second annual conference hosted by Platts. Among other things, the gathering is intended for fossil fuel industry executives and their financial backers to collaborate on schemes to transport dirty and dangerous tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast so it can be refined and sold on the international market, thereby expanding the industry.

“TransCanada’s ‘business as usual’ spells death and destruction for our communities,” said Ethan Nuss. “My conscience won’t allow me to watch this multinational corporation and their profiteers poison impacted communities from here in Houston’s polluted East End to indigenous people at the point of tar sands extraction in Alberta, Canada. This must stop.” Ethan further shares his reasons for taking direct action below:

At last year’s marketing conference, Paul Miller explained the necessity of the southern leg of Keystone XL through Oklahoma and Texas to the expansion of the exploitative tar sands industry. TransCanada’s own fourth quarter report, released last week, revealed that the controversial pipeline is less than half completed, despite the Canadian pipeline corporation’s previous projections for completion of the southern segment this April.

This revelation highlights that Tar Sands Blockade’s sustained civil disobedience campaign since last August has been successful in delaying Keystone XL construction. Today’s action is part of growing momentum for an upcoming national week of action called for by Tar Sands Blockade and allies from March 16-23, with over 60 actions currently reported nationwide.

“This is just a morsel of what TransCanada and other tar sands profiteers can expect in the coming weeks and months,” said Kim Huynh, a spokesperson with Tar Sands Blockade. “All over the country, communities are gearing up to take to the streets, offices, extraction sites and public events to show that our movement won’t relent until we’ve made this investment as toxic for TransCanada and its financial backers as the very tar sands being piped through Keystone XL. Our tar sands-free future begins now.”

Earlier this week, 20,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into Otter Creek in Tyler County, TX from a pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics. Otter Creek flows into Russell Creek, which feeds the Neches River. The leak did not trigger Sunoco’s detection systems but was discovered by local residents reporting oil in their water.

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Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade

We’ve got a documentary about us! Join us in looking back at some of our first actions.

Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade is an hour-long documentary film written and directed by Garrett Graham in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade and features exclusive video footage shot by the blockaders themselves during the course of over six months of sustained resistance.

Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade from Garrett Graham on Vimeo.

The film is meant to be both a celebration of the blockades’ achievements and a primer for those interested in joining the campaign. It explains the dangers of tar sands extraction and the risks to public health posed by the pipeline as well as the strategy of non-violent direct action that has been delaying the pipeline so far.

The story takes place in the backwoods of East Texas where the pipeline crosses farmlands and homesteads as well as aquifers and old growth forests. You will hear the voices of the blockaders who are risking their lives to stop this pipeline. In the Texas heat, they have locked themselves to heavy machinery, and braved the elements by living in trees. Hear these courageous folks in their own words.

Blockadia Rising is just the opening chapter in this ongoing movement to stop this pipeline and halt the extraction of the Canadian tar sands, but the blockaders see themselves as a part of a larger struggle against the consequences of run-away climate-change caused by unchecked extraction of natural resources by industry at the expense of both human and non-human communities. This film speaks to all movements for environmental and social justice and showcases direct action techniques that have never been attempted before.

Blockadia Rising: Voices from the tar Sands Blockade (2013) was written, edited and narrated by Garrett Graham, an active participant of the Tar Sands Blockade who continues to support their efforts. This film is dedicated to them, and everyone fighting for environmental and social justice.

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