Court Hearing for Injunction Against Megaloads Wraps Up in Missoula, Exxon Continues to Lose Time and Money, Kearl Mine Still on Hold
Ken johnson, the manager for Exxon’s insane Tar Sands transportation project, complained last week: “Right now, we’re adjusting our plans, but we’re getting to the point where we’re going to have to be doing out-of-sequence work. In addition, we’re going to have to assemble [the modules] in the wintertime.”
“When you’re working on a multibillion dollar project, you need to do this so you don’t impact other schedules in the project,” Johnson added.
As we await the outcome of the court hearing, we are inspired and invigorated by the words of Mr. Johnson. What began as a small grassroots campaign has evolved into a regional movement which has successfully halted the contruction of Exxon’s proposed Kearl tar sands mine in northern Alberta for over a year by means of public demonstrations and litigation. One of the largest corporations in the world is throwing vast sums of money and resources into fighting this citizens’ movement, and if one were to read between the lines of Mr. Johnson’s statements, one might conclude that, from Exxon’s point of view (and incidentally from ours as well), the citizens seem to be winning.
Northern Rockies Rising Tide, our allies, and everyone else opposed to Big Oil stomping our communities and the planet into the (bituminous) mud so that a handful of wealthy megalomaniacs can make a few more bucks, are waiting on the edge of their seats to hear back from the courts. We’re hoping for the best. But we’re also preparing for the worst. A decision is expected in the coming one to three weeks. And let’s be clear: If justice is not served in the courtroom–if Exxon succeeds in convincing our public servants that their multibillion dollar profit margin is more important than the health and welfare of people and the environment–then it will be up to us (the people, the citizens, the organizers, the residents of Hyw. 12, the indigenous communities along the route) to stand up to these evil bastards, to ban Exxon and similar international criminal organizations from our communities, and to continue the work of dismantling capitalism while creating alternative social and economic structures based on principles of justice, self-determination, freedom, and sustainability.