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79-Year-Old Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Her Neck to Heavy Machinery in Keystone XL Protest

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Photo Credit: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance

This article was published in partnership with  GlobalPossibilities.org.

What does the face of environmental movement look like to you? Does it look like Nancy Zorn, a 79-year-old grandmother from Warr Acres, Oklahoma? If not, it should. 

Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance reports:

Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, from Warr Acres, has locked herself to a piece of heavy machinery effectively halting construction on TransCanada’s Keystone XL toxic tar sands pipeline. This action comes in the wake of the disastrous tar sands pipeline spill in Mayflower Arkansas, where an estimated 80,000 gallons of tar sands spilled into a residential neighborhood and local waterways. 

“Right now our neighbors in Arkansas are feeling the toxic affect of tar sands on their community. Will Oklahoma neighborhoods be next?” asked Zorn before taking action today. “I can no longer sit by idly while toxic tar sands are pumped down from Canada and into our communities. It is time to rise up and defend our home. It is my hope that this one small action today will inspire many to protect this land and our water.”Using a bike-lock, Zorn has attached her neck directly to a massive earth-mover, known as an excavator, which has brought construction of Keystone XL to a stop.  Zorn is the second Oklahoma grandmother this year risking arrest to stop construction of the pipeline, and her protest is the third in a series of ongoing civil disobedience actions led by the Oklahoma-based coalition of organizations, Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance.

Actions against the Keystone XL are growing and are supported by a diverse group of individuals from Alberta to Texas. Oh and by the way, you can contribute to Nancy’s bail fund.

 

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