In July, three people locked themselves to 55-gallon barrels filled with concrete on the train tracks at Tesoro’s Anacortes Refinery. Their action blocked oil trains for half the day, disrupting business as usual at the facility and dramatically increasing the scrutiny of refinery oil-train facilities.
On Tuesday, the Anacortes 3 will have their first day in court. Come support them and keep the pressure on to stop oil-by-rail. We want to pack the courtroom to show our support. Afterwards, we will walk across the street to deliver messages to Skagit County decision-makers to demand they not permit the proposed crude-by-rail offloading facility at the neighboring Shell refinery which would add an additional oil train to those already passing through Seattle every day.
All three of our friends are facing a misdemeanor trespassing charge for locking down on the tracks and preventing dangerous oil trains from rolling. We need to pack the courtroom to show support for these climate defenders, and to keep the pressure on Skagit County to reject fossil fuel expansion projects.
See you there!If you need some inspiration, here’s a video of the action at the Tesoro Refinery: