This report is from our friends at the Tar Sands Blockade in Winnsboro, Texas, this just in. A campaign statement is coming shortly.
***UPDATE 10:30AM – In Winnsboro, Dr. Jill Stein has been arrested, taken to Wood County Jail, and is awaiting processing. The freelance reporter has been released from detainment without arrest or charge.
A statement from Dr. Jill Stein:
“I’m here to connect the dots between super storm Sandy and the record heat, drought, and fire we've seen this year – and this Tar Sands pipeline, which will make all of these problems much worse. And I’m here to connect the dots between climate devastation and pipeline politicians – both Obama and Romney – who are competing, as we saw in the debates, for the role of Puppet In Chief for the fossil fuel industry. Both deserve that title. Obama’s record of “drill baby drill” has gone beyond the harm done by George Bush. Mitt Romney promises more of the same.”
***UPDATE 10:00AM – In Sacul, Six Nacogdoches County Sheriffs are conferring with TransCanada, inspecting rigging of tree sits, taking pictures, and making phone calls. Otherwise, Pika and Lauren are sitting tall. In Winnsboro, a police situation has complicated updates from Dr. Jill Stein’s Tree Blockade resupply efforts, though confirmed updates are forthcoming. We believe Dr. Stein’s arrest is eminent.
***UPDATE 9:15AM – In Sacul, TransCanada construction contractors have cleared a path thru a pile of felled trees and have moved some of the heavy equipment onsite. Three machines, an excavator, feller buncher, and a timber forwarder, are still immobilized by the tree sits.
***UPDATE 9:00AM – In Winnsboro, other hands have sent more supplies into the trees while Dr. Jill Stein and a freelance journalist are being detained by TransCanada private security, who are now joined by local police.
***UPDATE 8:45AM – Tar Sands Blockade supporters are rallying at the Sacul road crossing for the new tree sitters. In Winnsboro, Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein has been detained along with a freelance journalist by TransCanada’s hired private security force.
***UPDATE 8:30AM – In Winnsboro, Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein has successfully delivered resupply goods to the tree sitters! In Sacul, heavy machinery is attempting to clear a path around one of the blockades through an adjacent pile of felled trees.