BREAKING: Five Land defenders were arrested yesterday morning at the construction site of US Oil Sands’ tar sands strip-mine in Utah. The Canadian company’s 32,000 acre lease-holding are on state-managed land in the Book Cliffs, on the East Tavaputs Plateau, though the land is traditional Ute land, and lays within Indian country, with sections of the tar sands project straddling the boundary of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation.
Currently, the land defenders (including the media team) are being held on Class A Trespassing charges, with a total bail estimated at $10,500.
One of those arrested is a trans woman, and at this time we are unsure if she is being held in solitary, or if she is being housed with the male population. Neither situation is acceptable, we are extremely concerned about the dangers she may be facing.
We will provide updates and media here as they become available.
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Please release the people and stop the company from destroying the land.
Stand strong! We just returned from your amazing state-Utah back to our home on Vancouver Island. So wish we could have joined you in your advocacy for clean energy and supported you on your stand against this repulsive Canadian company.
Please know that we are just a few of the many Canadians who oppose our government’s maniacal support of fossil fuel energy-particularly bitumen which exploits so much of our land and water resources.
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