Yesterday was the opening day of Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance’s first action camp—and we’re incredibly thankful to the folks who have thrown their weight behind this struggle and whose history of resistance continues to provide inspiration and context.
The camp began with an opening ceremony led by Carter Camp (below, front right), and Casey Camp (in blue, left), with singing and drumming by Oglalla Lakota folks from Pine Ridge. Casey introduced folks, who came from all over the “United States,” to the region now known as Oklahoma and a myriad of the health and environmental problems caused by exploitative industry in Ponca territory-by-treaty.
The Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance is holding the action camp in response to the deadly infrastructure projects that are causing environmental genocide, and specifically the Keystone XL Pipeline being built through Oklahoma and carrying toxic tar sands that create more carbon emissions when refined than standard oil.
The ConocoPhillips refinery in Ponca City is one of the many refineries in the “United States” now processing diluted bitumen from the tar sands. We come together, from different backgrounds but with similar aims, to oppose the Keystone XL for the devastating and tangible effects of tar sands industry and infrastructure on communities. From the point of extraction in “Alberta,” along the pipeline route, and living close to refineries on the Gulf Coast which are slated to receive the toxic cargo from the Tar Sands—such as the Valero Refinery in the Port of Houston.
The camp will be providing trainings of direct action and civil disobedience for an upcoming action this week.