For the second night in a row, activists with a coalition including Rising Tide, 350, All Against the Haul, and members of the Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes attempted to stop the Omega Morgan megaload from leaving as planned.
The load left approximately 45 minutes prior to its permitted departure based on Oregon Department of Transportation.
A tribal elder was arrested after sitting down in front of the megaload. She was forcibly removed by the police and taken into custody. (help donate to Rising Tide’s bail fund here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/portland-rising-tide)
As of writing, activists are regrouping and monitoring the slow progress of the megaload as it trundles along at a snail’s pace.
This comes after a successful hard blockade yesterday involving two activists locking down to the megaload for over an hour and a half. Yesterday’s blockade prevented the transport of the megaload for an entire day, and activists have pledged to continue sustained and escalating resistance in order to prevent the megaload’s destruction of infrastructure, critical ecosystems, and expansion of the tar sands.
We will keep you updated.
Update from -Kayla Godowa-Tufti, Member of Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, December 3 2013
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation and friends gathered tonight in Pendleton, Oregon to hold ceremony at the site where the Omega Morgan “mega load” remains.
Oregon Department of Transportation confirmed that freezing weather and last nights snow storm has prevented the load from moving tonight.
Elders and many young leaders from CTUIR came out to speak from their hearts about how this haul will threaten the values and traditions that we hold so dearly to us in the Columbia River Plateau.
The end destination for this load is approximately 20 kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada, the site of Athabaska Oil Corp’s Hangingstone tar sands project.
Omega Morgan, the shipping company, is attempting to move equipment along a rural highway in Oregon, in hopes to avoid the recent controversy they faced in Nez Perce territory [Idaho].
Government to government consoltation has not taken place with Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation or Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon, as required by law, to grant a permit to Omega Morgan.
The ceremony and resistance will continue as Omega Morgan attempts to make it through snow and ice within our homelands.