Nine arrested while hundreds rally in day of action to stop extreme energy transport in the Northeast
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Champlain Valley - Hundreds of people participated today in a coordinated series of actions across the Champlain valley -- including a blockade and lake flotilla -- demanding an end to extreme energy extraction and transport. Rallying behind the slogan “Not by truck, not by rail, not by pipeline,” participants denounced industry attempts to turn the Champlain valley into an energy corridor for fracked gas, oil, and tar sands which are driving climate change.
In Addison County, Vermont, over forty organizers with TWAC (Trans* and/or Women's Action Camp) blocked trucks carrying fracked gas from making deliveries at the International Paper mill, resulting in five arrests. In Ticonderoga, New York, over 150 people participated in a symbolic oil train blockade and flotilla highlighting threats to the lake posed by the trains.  In Williston, Vermont, thirty people stopped construction on the Vermont fracked gas pipeline -- which is on life-support in the face of public opposition and regulatory uncertainty -- with four people arrested. 
The events are part of a week of over 75 actions across North America marking the second anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil-by-rail disaster, which killed 47 people when a train full of fracked oil exploded and leveled the small Quebec town. 
“It doesn’t matter how it’s being transported -- fossil fuel extraction needs to stop,” said Meaghan LaSala, an organizer with SEEDs for Justice and the Stop Oil Trains Week of Action. “From extraction to combustion, low-income people, women, Indigenous communities, and communities of color are hit first and worst by extreme energy and global climate change.