locked herself to a piece of heavy machinery Tuesday morning in protest of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline construction, halting work on a construction site of the tar sands harbinger for several hours.
Starting early in the morning, Zorn
locked herself to the large 'excavator', latching a bike lock around her
neck to the machine.
“Right now our neighbors in Arkansas are feeling the toxic affect of
tar sands on their community. Will Oklahoma neighborhoods be next?” Zorn
asked, referring to the thousands of barrels of tar sands oil
which spilled out of an Arkansas pipeline last week. “I can no longer
sit by idly while toxic tar sands are pumped down from Canada and into
our communities. It is time to rise up and defend our home. It is my
hope that this one small action today will inspire many to protect this
land and our water.”
“In the last two weeks alone there have been at least six different
inland oil spills across the country,” said Eric Wheeler, an Oklahoma
native and spokesperson for Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance.
“It’s time to stop referring to pipeline spills as accidents, it’s now
abundantly clear that leaks are just part of business as usual. Tar
sands hurt everyone they touch, from the indigenous communities in
Alberta whose water is being poisoned, to the Gulf Coast communities
that are forced to breathe toxic refinery emissions. We’re not going to
allow this toxic stuff in our beautiful state.”
Zorn was eventually removed from the equipment by local police and taken into custody.
Zorn is the second Oklahoma grandmother this year risking arrest to stop construction of the pipeline, Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance said Tuesday. The action is part of a series of civil disobedience actions against the pipeline construction led by the group.
A decision to approve the cross border Keystone pipeline route, from
tar sands oil fields in Canada to the Gulf Coast, is expected soon from
the Obama administration.
While Obama waffles over the subject, and other oil friendly lawmakers attempt to force the pipeline in Congress