BREAKING: Second Blockade of Same Bakken Oil Train Today!

For Immediate Release:

BREAKING: Second Blockade of Same Bakken Oil Train Today!

August 7, 2017

Media Contact: Sophie Scholl, (360) 601-7187

What: In an unprecedented move, climate activists have blocked the same oil train for a second time in the same day. The second blockade is approximately 70 miles from the first site in Vancouver. This rolling blockade is a direct escalation with a clear message.

Where: 2648 Arrowhead Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

Why: Climate change impacts are escalating at breakneck speed. Our climate direct action will escalate as well. Politicians, bought by the fossil fuel industry, refuse to make the necessary changes recommended by climate scientists. Therefore, people have taken matters into their own hands.

These acts highlight the fossil fuel industry’s recklessness. The government and the industry is putting all of us in danger, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Who: Blockaders issued a statement anonymously:

We took action today not only to block an oil train and in opposition to new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Our action is in solidarity with the J20 defendants who are fighting state repression, felony charges and facing decades in jail.

Our action is in solidarity with Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek – who successfully taught themselves how to sabotage the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), delayed construction of DAPL for weeks, and never got caught until they turned themselves in recently. We admire their courage tremendously.

We feel Ruby and Jessica showed inspirational leadership in getting us to step outside of our privileges and comfort zones and ask ourselves, “What are we willing to sacrifice and how far we are willing to go in our resistance?”

We encourage those who can to explore how to expand into new, bolder tactics, with strategic effectiveness in mind.

We also wanted to show that we don’t have to do direct action, such as blockades, while offering up our bodies willingly to the state and it’s repressive apparatus! We don’t have to wait around for the cops to arrest us.

Most of the infrastructure that is destroying the planet is isolated and unguarded and vulnerable and if we can continue to take action where the capitalists and their state are weak, and get away with it, we might be able to figure out how to take this whole thing apart.

— End Statement —

Blockaders have now left the scene.

Oil train picture taken earlier in Vancouver, WA. This is the same train that has been blocked twice today.

All actions today are a set of decentralized actions. No organization claims today’s actions.

This action builds on the blockade of this same oil train in downtown Vancouver, WA today.

For more info on the Vancouver blockade earlier today:
Press release:
Facebook Livestream:
Images for Press:

Video footage for Press:
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Community Members Blockade Oil Train in the Face of Police Presence in Downtown Vancouver, WA with Pop-up Sunflower Garden

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2017
On Site Media Contact: Jessie Braverman, (617) 833-9766
Media Contact: Sophie Scholl, (360) 601-7187


Community Members Blockade Oil Train in the Face of Police Presence in Downtown Vancouver, WA with Pop-up Sunflower Garden
Vancouver, WA — Community members blocked an oil train in downtown Vancouver, WA in a creative direct action calling for an end to oil trains, oil terminals, and all fossil fuels. Community activists erected a pop-up garden of sunflowers on train tracks in Vancouver, WA today, even in the face of police presence, to block an oil train. The blockaders locked themselves to large sunflower pots adapted to serve as blockade devices. Three people arrested. Community members are taking non-violent direct action to demand Governor Inslee reject the Vancouver Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal and all other proposed fossil fuel infrastructure in the State of Washington.


Where: 101 W 11th St, Vancouver WA 98660


The train, BNSF unit 5956, is carrying Bakken Crude Oil, a highly volatile oil notorious for derailments and explosions such as the recent derailment and fire in Mosier, OR on June 3rd, 2016. The Mosier oil train derailment ignited a wave of massive public opposition to oil train traffic, including from government officials and train operators. “Our community and our planet are under attack, yet the political response has been amoral and inadequate. We were here on the tracks a year after the Mosier oil train derailment and nothing has changed,” said Jessie Braverman. “The trains are still coming and new fossil fuel projects are still being proposed; we’re in the midst of a worldwide climate emergency and we’re fighting back.”


The derailment and explosion in Mosier is just one manifestation of our society’s dependence on fossil fuels. This incident is not an anomaly, as fossil fuel extraction, production, and transportation continually present a threat to human life and natural ecosystems; we have been subsidizing them not only with money but with lives. In these early days of the sixth great extinction and a devastating climate crisis, community members are reclaiming their power to confront this rogue industry. “It’s now or never. We’re up against the wire and nobody — no politician, no agency, no industry — is stepping up to resolve the climate crisis,” said Mike, a resident of Portland, OR, who is locked to a flower pot on the rail tracks. “It’s time for the people to step up to resolve this crisis before we run out of time.”
Community members are calling on Governnor Jay Inslee to reject the proposed Tesoro Savage Vancouver Oil Terminal, which would be the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America. The terminal would ship out 360,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil and bring up to four additional oil trains into the Columbia Gorge each day. 


Governor Jay Inslee, a self-proclaimed advocate for climate action, has overseen a state government that has failed to craft an emissions reductions strategy, despite being repeatedly ordered to do so by the courts. The Governor is flagrantly endangering the people of Washington state. Washington continues to move towards a dizzying array of new fossil fuel developments. “If I can stop an oil train, Governor Jay Inslee can stop an oil terminal,said Chris, one of two individuals locked down to flower pots on the rail tracks.
For on site interviews, contact Jessie Braverman, 617-833-9766. 
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