BREAKING: Lifelong Oklahoman Youth Pastor suspended from KXL Construction Equipment, locked to machinery.

Lifelong Oklahoman and Youth Pastor, suspended and locked to KXL Equipment!

Lifelong Oklahoman and Youth Pastor, suspended and locked to KXL Equipment!

BREAKING: Lifelong Oklahoman Youth Pastor suspended from KXL Construction
Equipment, locked to machinery.

Earlier this morning, Stefan Warner, a youth pastor who was born and
raised in Harrah, OK, locked himself to machinery being used to build the
toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through Creek land by treaty near
Schoolton, OK. Warner is taking action to protect the North Canadian River
the health of the towns and land it runs through from being irreversibly
damaged by diluted bitumen (tar sands) leaks and spills, as well as to
send a clear message that the current day colonialism and disregard for
the health and sovereignty of indigenous peoples in Alberta and along
the pipeline is unacceptable—from a Christian perspective, as well as a
human perspective.

Tar sands pipelines have a horrendous track record: the existing
Keystone 1 pipeline leaked twelve times in its first year, and at least
thirty times to date. In 2010, the added dangers of tar sands pipelines
were demonstrated by Enbridge's Line 6B pipeline spill of over a million
gallons of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The
Kalamazoo Tar Sands spill is the costliest inland spill in United States
history, draining the oil spill coffers and placing the $800 million and
rising price tag onto the backs of local and federal taxpayers. But it
is not the monetary burden that weighs heaviest; the toll on human life,
health and local ecosystems is immeasurable, and in the immediate, the
toxicity of the diluted bitumen and undisclosed proprietary chemicals
has proven devastating.

In addition to the immense dangers posed by the Keystone XL, TransCanada
has been misrepresenting the economic effects of the pipeline. The
majority of construction jobs are temporary and have been filled by
Wisconsin-based contractor Michel's, not Oklahomans and Texans. Despite
TransCanada and the State Department's rhetoric of energy independence,
the diluted bitumen transported by the Keystone XL is destined for
export to foreign markets after being refined in Gulf Coast refineries,
and the National Resources Defense Council asserts that the KXL will
increase domestic gas prices.

“I grew up in a town where the North Canadian River runs right through,
and we can't let the North Canadian become another Kalamazoo ,” said
Oklahoman youth pastor Stefan Warner. “I figure folks have to take action to
stop our beautiful Oklahoma from being marred by a foreign corporation,
and stand up to fight big corporations who think that poisoning people
and stealing land is acceptable so long as they make a profit.”

Warner is acting with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, a coalition of
Oklahomans and allies fighting to prevent construction of the Keystone
XL which will bring dangerous and toxic diluted bitumen from the
biome-consuming Tar Sands gigaproject to refinery communities in the
Gulf. This action comes in the wake of dozens of similar actions which
have actively fought construction of the Keystone XL in Oklahoma and
Texas. In light of reports of shoddy welding by TransCanada
whistleblower Evan Vokes and the recent release of photographs depicting
holes in the weld of a pipe buried in Texas, the struggle to keep the
Keystone XL from being completed is even more urgent.

UPDATE: 8:00AM: Direct Support for Stefan has been arrested without warning and placed in police car.  Six other people on site being detained currently. 8:00AM: Direct Support for Stefan has been arrested without warning.

8:00AM: Direct Support for Stefan has been arrested without warning.

 UPDATE 9:00AM: All Six people detained now arrested. Seven police vehicles on scene. Workers have lowered side-boom in disregard of Stefan’s safety and OSHA regulations, Stefan still locked to machinery but lying painfully face-down on the lowered arm. Police obscuring Stefan from view and not allowing anyone within photographing distance. 

UPDATE 9:15AM: Another individual arrested. This person was not initially detained but was prevented from accessing her vehicle since 8am. Stefan still holding strong. It also appears that this action is also blockading an active frack site!

UPDATE 1:00PM Earlier today, Stefan was extracted. To our knowledge, Stefan sustained no serious injuries and seems to be alright. We’ll keep everyone updated as we get more information about the arresstees’ charges, bail, and health.

UPDATE 6:00PM  All 8 individuals are released from jail.

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10 thoughts on “BREAKING: Lifelong Oklahoman Youth Pastor suspended from KXL Construction Equipment, locked to machinery.

  1. Stefan is brave and good. God’s grace is with him. Our prayers with the six who are arrested. Remember your rightness is more your strength than your rage.
    In Truth,
    Michael T

  2. I was the firefighter who helped cut Stephan out of his restraint. Thanks for the gooey tar bath, a grim reminder of the toxic substances that will be flowing near the creek where my children play. As I sit here typing this I am drinking a glass of water from our well which I am sure will not be safe to drink in the near future, if it isn’t already. The reason I am contacting you is because I quoted Thoreau and how his act of Civil disobediance consisted of not paying his taxes, in which he knew was financing the Mexican American war, he did not chain himself to a cannon. I also mentioned Wendell Berry, I thought of the protesters in Boley a few weeks ago while listening to him say “that he would never protest at a mine, because he understands that those guys are just making a living” (Wendell Berry in an interview with Orion magazine concerning Principals behind activism). I believe Berry said this because he understood that attacking where people work is not effective. I am not writing this to belittle your protest, it took guts and passion for Stephan to do that. I just am not sure it was the most effective way to do it. I would love to talk with any of you about the pipeline. I might even be willing to give you a place to stage your next protest so your cars don’t get towed, however just give me a chance to express some ideas that I think might be more effective. Such as being overly concerned citizens with zoom lenses watching out for workplace safety violations. Or tenaceus bug lovers looking out for the American Burying beetle, you know there are some out here?
    Lastly, a do appreciate your concern for my home, when the NPR reporter interviewed me after the protest I mentioned how unusual it was because no one cares about Cromwell. Last year I tried to rally Seminole County around issues concerning the pipeline including contacts to the local media. I was hurt by the lack of support, like I said no one cares about Cromwell, not even its residents. So it is nice to see someone who cares.
    Thank you
    William Edgar

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  4. What idiocy. And you have the gal to complain that this person was handled with “disregard of Stefan’s safety”. The one’s acting with disregard are you and your ilk.

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