Mohawks block trains carrying oil from passing through Kahnawake


A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory for 24 hours in solidarity with those protesting a pipeline project in North Dakota. Steve Rukavina/CBC

Unclear how many trains will be affected, commuter trains will be allowed to pass

By Steve Rukavina, CBC News, December 1, 2016

A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory on a Canadian Pacific Railway line for 24 hours.

The protest is in solidarity with Indigenous groups protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota.

The blockade began Thursday at midnight. Commuter trains that use the rail line are being allowed to pass.

The AMT is warning commuters who use its Candiac line that the protest may cause delays.

Its trains are authorized to travel on the tracks but will have to do so at reduced speed near the Saint-Laurent train bridge where the protest is taking place.

The bridge connects Montreal and the South Shore.

A spokesperson for CP was not immediately available to comment.

Protecting the earth a ‘duty,’ protesters say

A spokeswoman for the group, Kahionwinehshon Phillips, read a statement Thursday morning to a group of reporters gathered at a small encampment the group has been maintaining at the foot of the Mercier Bridge for the past few weeks.

“We as the Mohawk people have a duty to protect mother earth, and we will continue to defend our mother earth for the coming generations as our ancestors did,” Phillips said.

It’s not clear how many trains will be affected. Phillips thought it could be more than a dozen, but she wasn’t sure.

Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers are on site to ensure everyone’s safety.

Two weeks ago, AMT train service was also suspended for a day due to the Mohawk protest.

Posted on December 1, 2016, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

    No, we need to keep oil in the ground where it belongs.
    We need to build a massive solar and wind energy industry, storing and selling that electricity. We have 3 oceans’ windy coasts, hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of windy, sunny prairie, slopes, and lakes, and we have a million workers and First Nations people eager to be trained to do this work.
    So many other countries have this industry built, running, and selling stored electricity. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates already have enough energy stored to provide electricity “to the world four times over”. US fossil fuels corporation billionaires, such as the Koch brothers who own LNGas, coal, bitumen, tar, and most of the pipelines, know this, so they’ve been getting massively more pipelines and 400 times more tanker traffic in place, trying to re-control the world’s energy business. China has been an enthusiastic buyer, but now their country air is so badly polluted that cancer illness and death has skyrocketed. So now even China is fast becoming productive with its own solar and wind energy industries.
    Canada is the 2nd biggest country in the world. We have millions of square kilometres of windy sunlight areas. Our political reps are still gleefully serving the US fossil fuels billionaires’ greed, and contributing to the planet’s danger, — when we should be retraining workers for massive solar and wind energy industries.
    Alberta has a great number of square kilometres of slopes, prairie, and lakes. I’ve seen wind energy systems already operating there. Alberta and the other prairie provinces and territories could — and should — be building this with great gusto, even leading the country in renewable energy revenue.
    Imagine America being a world leader in the solar and wind energy industries! Imagine midwest states and First Nations leading America!

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