Fourth Generation Oklahoman, Founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, Locks Himself to KXL Construction Equipment

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UPDATE:  9:30am We are speaking with Bob right now.  It seems the firefighters were using both sides of an axe in the extraction process and Bob chose to unlock as a result of duress and concern for his safety.  We full heartedly support his decision to exercise agency in regards to his own safety in the face of danger.  Bob was released from jail on $250 cash bail.

UPDATE: 8:50am – Bob has been extracted and arrested.  He is being taken to Hughes County jail.

UPDATE: 8:10am – Holdenville Fire Department has arrived on site to extract Bob.

UPDATE: 7:54am – The police have  arrived on site.

UPDATE:7:50am – a second group of workers has arrived.

UPDATE: 7:25am – Workers have left the site.

UPDATE:6:45am-Workers have arrived onsite

Wewoka Oklahoma-Monday, May 13th, 7 am

Early this morning Bob Waldrop, 60,
fourth generation Oklahoman and prominent Oklahoma City community member
walked onto an active construction site for the Keystone XL pipeline in Seminole County and
locked himself to an Excavator, a piece of heavy machinery used in the
construction of the pipeline. Waldrop took a stand today in defense of the
land and the human and non-humans that depend upon it to survive.

Waldrop, as a founding member of the Oscar Romero Catholic Workers House,
is a part of Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, a growing coalition of
groups and individuals dedicated to stopping the expansion of Tar Sands
infrastructure throughout the Great Plains. His action follows an
escalating number of work-stopping actions, of which there were five in
April alone, in Oklahoma.

Raised on a farm in rural Oklahoma, Waldrop believes “All farmers know
that if you don’t take care of your land, your land can’t take care of
you. And I’m here today because this pipeline is an enormous attack on the
land. Here in Oklahoma and all the way up the Great Plains and into Canada
giant earthmoving machines are destroying ecosystems. They are uprooting
trees, murdering birds and destroying habitat, killing little critters.
They are trampling on the rights of Indigenous people of the area whose
treaties are being violated and abrogated by the greed of TransCanada and
its stockholders.”

“I’m here in part because of my religious faith. I’m a devout Roman
Catholic, and I’m following in the example of Jesus himself who took a
stand against every form of evil. Jesus set a model for all of us when he
took a whip and drove the moneychangers out of the temple. I’m sure that
was against the city ordinances of Jerusalem but he did not hesitate. I’m
here today to show TransCanada that they can’t just run over everybody and
the environment. There are people that are willing to stand up for their
rights and the rights of the planet.”

Lifelong Oklahomans and Texans with Tar Sands Blockade
(tarsandsblockade.org) and Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance
(gptarsandsresistance.org) have been constantly engaged in work stopping
direct actions against the inherently dangerous KXL since August. The
Keystone I, built in 2010, has spilt 17 times so far, including 12 in its
first year of operation. The 2010 Kalamazoo river spill that has cost
nearly a billion dollars in ongoing cleanup and the recent spill in
Mayflower, AR that has left evacuated residents unable to return home
nearly 6 weeks after the disaster show the dire consequences of inevitable
spills of heavier than water bitumen diluted with a toxic cocktail
including benzene.

There is staunch resistance to the expansion of Tar Sands mining and
infrastructure growing on the heartland, long considered a sacrifice zone
by the petro-chemical industry. The rise of Idle No More in defense of
indigenous sovereignty across Turtle Island is in large part to protect
lands and waters from toxic industries. Peoples of the Great Sioux Nation
and tribal governments in “South Dakota” have avowed opposition to the
Keystone XL, joining international treaties such as the Mother Earth
Accord and Protect the Sacred. The Unis’tot’en Camp in northern B.C has
entered the third year of their blockade of the Pacific Trails Pipeline,
and a growing grassroots coalition in Utah has avowed to stop the first
Tar Sands Mine in “The United States”. Many of these groups have banded
together to usher in a #Fearless Summer, a coordinated direct action
initiative against industrial extraction.

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13 thoughts on “Fourth Generation Oklahoman, Founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, Locks Himself to KXL Construction Equipment

  1. Thank you Bob for being strong. And Thanks to all who are trying to save our planet. I have grandchildren I cry for.

    • Thank you Bob for your tireless work for justice including the food distribution system you pioneered in OKC.

  2. thank you Bob and all who are taking a stand against the destruction of our Earth.

  3. supporting you in tabusintac new Brunswick this country has really gone in wrong direction the oil companies have control of our federal gov

  4. There is so much joy and resolve in his eyes. It makes us so happy to see clergy standing with us to protect the gift that is Earth. So much love to you, Bob, and thank you!

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  6. WaDo, Bob Waldrop. We say ‘thank you’ because you symbolize the values that will serve not just us today, but our future generations and the life that supports them.
    ~Kathy Tibbits, Attorney
    ecoLaw 918-797-5016

  7. I hope that we succeed in preventing the XLPipe going through. They use scare tactics and illegal eminent domain with land owners. I support you.
    Leona

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  9. We should all take up Bob’s example. Please come to a meeting in Mustang OK where we will discuss how to stop the expansion of fracking in OK….and other crucial water issues….more info. at kneesox at inbox dot com.

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