Earth First Asheville: Four arrested in last week’s pipeline protest of TD Bank


Earth First Asheville says four people were arrested last Friday in connection with their protest. Press release:

60 people took to the streets today to protest the Keystone XL pipeline in downtown Asheville. After a rally in Pritchard Park, the march made its way to TD Bank, a major investor in the Keystone XL pipeline and occupied the lobby, forcing the bank to close for the rest of the day. Protestors carried banners reading, “Obama, Your Pipedream is a Nightmare” and “TD Bank, divest from dirty oil.” Police arrested four protesters who refused to leave until TD Bank agreed to divest from the tar sands industry.

The action was organized by Asheville based Katuah Earth First! and is part of a week of nationwide protests called for by Tar Sands Blockade a coalition of Texas landowners and environmentalists fighting the southern leg of the pipeline.

“We are going to hold accountable the companies that threaten our future with their dirty investments. With every dollar TD Bank invests in the Keystone XL pipeline we can feel the noose tightening around our necks,” said Patty Petroluse, a student in Asheville. TD Bank holds over 13 million shares in Transcanada, the company building the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Anon Ymous October 24, 2013 - 2:10 pm

This is actually rather tame, considering the fact that other Earth First! chapters use destruction of construction equipment and vandalism as a means to further their agendas. Still, I can’t help but think intimidation was involved.

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