The people arrested Monday night,blockading the tar sands megaload were arraigned on Wednesday, December 18, in the Justice Court of Grant County. Fourteen were charged with five misdemeanors, one with six and the minor arrested in the action was released Monday. Each person has had bail set at $ 10,000 for a total of $ 150,000. The arrests stem from the two blockades that were set up Monday night using two disabled vehicles to stop the controversial, 450-ton, 376-foot long tar sands megaload transported by Omega Morgan, which was delayed for several hours.
The action Monday was the sixth regional action against the Oregon megaloads in two weeks. The actions started when two were arrested successfully preventing the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla on December 1st. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla was arrested December 2nd trying to block the megaload. Office occupations and disruptions have taken place at Omega Morgan’s offices in Fife, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as the General Electric subsidiary that designed the machinery moving towards the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta.
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Megaloads are shipments comprised of giant pieces of critical equipment presently bound for the Alberta tar sands in Canada. Stopping them is at the forefront of tar sands resistance in the Northwest.
Rising Tide has been planning further resistance all along the route and locally in Portland. At the same time, members the Umatilla have been working within their community to galvanize resistance and take the lead in this struggle. Nearly the entire Oregon leg of the proposed route cuts through the Umatilla tribe’s ancestral lands.
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This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet. The next few weeks will be a perfect time to expand all of our activist skill sets, and we look forward to collaborating with you.
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Sunday night, December 1 — Rising Tide joined with members of the Umatilla tribe and other regional climate activists to block the first of three Tarsands megaload shipments from leaving the Port of Umatilla in Eastern Oregon. Two people locked themselves to the truck as more than sixty others rallied nearby. The next night, Cathy Sampson-Kruse, a Umatilla tribeswoman and grandmother, was arrested as she sat bravely in front of the load, which moved only with the help of dozens of police officers. More here
Friday, December 13 — employees at the Omega Morgan corporation were surprised to find a boisterous crowd of climate justice activists in their Hillsboro office challenging their role in tar sands extraction. The activists burst into a meeting with chants and banners, causing the meeting to disperse. One protestor then read a letter to employees of Omega Morgan demanding that they stop moving mega loads and cut ties to tar sands extraction. More here
Monday, December 17 — The Oregonian– Richard Read – JOHN DAY, Ore. — Police arrested 16 protesters late Monday as activists locked themselves to disabled vehicles in front of a tar-sands megaload near John Day, delaying the shipment’s passage. More here