Fearless Summer Starts Strong: Photos and Stories from the First Two Weeks

June 20-26 – Swamp Line 9, a group dedicated to preventing Enbridge from modifying their 240,000 barrel/day Line 9 pipeline to carry tar sands bitumen, honored the summer solstice with a powerful action at a pump station on Haudenosaunee Six Nations land near Hamilton, Ontario.


Blockaders occupied the pump station and held strong for six days. On the dramatic final day of the blockade on June 26, four people who were locked to machinery and sixteen others were arrested.

The action kicked off Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer with a righteous display of the movement’s strength and determination. Check our our coverage and go to Swamp Line 9’s website for more info.

Rallies throughout Canada, such as this one in Toronto, expressed solidarity with the Haudenosaunee Six Nations.

Rallies throughout Canada, such as this one in Toronto, expressed solidarity with the Haudenosaunee Six Nations.

June 24: The June 24-29 week of action to kickoff Fearless Summer started big, with the blockade of trucks attempting to dump tar sands waste alongside the Detroit River, ten arrests at a Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance action against Keystone XL construction in Oklahoma, and a pipeline occupation of the same Enbridge line that spilled tar sands bitumen in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2010, destroying ecosystems and poisoning and killed locals. Read more and see photos here.

Week Action Kickoff

June 25: Utah Tar Sands Resistance and allies confronted road construction crews on Seep Ridge Road, a $3 million/mile “Road To Nowhere” which is clear cutting, leveling, and paving the way for tar sands, oil shale & fracking across the Colorado River Basin.


For more information on this action and Seep Ridge, visit the Utah Tar Sands Resistance. Click here to donate to their upcoming Canyon Country Action Camp, July 24-29.

June 26 – On June 26, during lunchtime in one of Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods, local activists—including some from Occupy Wall St and Occupy the Pipeline—held a flash mob to protest the Spectra and Rockaway fracked gas pipelines. Read more about the issue on Occupy the Pipeline‘s website or check them out on Facebook.

occupy the pipeline


June 27350 Maine and Maine Earth First! teamed up to blockade a train carrying 70,000 barrels of fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. For more info on this simple but powerful action, photos and video, check out 350 Maine’s website.

Train Blockade

June 27 – Four people locked themselves outside the UBS headquarters in Connecticut to protest their continued funding of mountaintop removal coal mining. For more information, check out Hands Off Appalachia and Capitalism Vs. The Climate.


June 27 –   Dozens gathered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington for a sign-waving rally denouncing increased coal export rail traffic through northern Idaho and Spokane. In Spokane, two people were arrested for trespassing after holding signs on an overpass where loaded coal trains were stopped above the highway. Despite the lack of “No Trespassing” signs, both activists were arrested without being properly warned.

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Read more about the issue on the Wilde Idaho Rising Tide website.

June 28The Fingerlakes Action Network rallies in support of Jeremy Alderson, a Gas Free Seneca activist who locked himself to the gates of the Inergy facility on Seneca lake. Inergy plans to convert their facility into a hub for the transportation and storage of fracked gas.

inergy lockdown

A week earlier, locals took to the water, surrounding the Inergy facility with a flotilla of 90 boats and protested Inergy’s reckless plan to storing 88 million gallons of fracked liquid propane in salt caverns on the edge of the beautiful and iconic Seneca Lake.

seneca lake flotilla

June 29 – Members of Climate First! marched into two separate TD Bank branches in Washington DC to protest Toronto Dominion’s ongoing investments in Keystone XL and tar sands extraction.

CLimate First


Stay tuned for more updates on Fearless Summer. You can also check out the Fearless Summer website and Facebook for more photos and videos from brave actions against extraction!

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