Stop Oil Trains Week of Action, Burlington, VT 7-6-15 and Ticonderoga, NY 7-7-15

Blog post, photos and video (link at bottom of post) by Arthur Hynes 

Lac Megantic Vigil at Burlington's Waterfront Park

Lac Megantic Vigil at Burlington’s Waterfront Park

On July 6, the 2nd anniversary of the Lac Mégantic Disaster, a group from of us from 350VT gathered to commemorate the tragic event in which 47 people lost their lives in an inferno explosion. We had a small but very visible vigil on the lakefront in Burlington and very close to train tracks that carry oil — but not yet fracked oil — through Vermont. We displayed signs and held candles in solidarity with Lac Mégantic, QC and in coordination with other events in the US and Canada, including a large rally across the lake in Plattsburgh, NY. In Burlington and in Plattsburgh the names of the 47 victims were read aloud.

On July 7 a group of us gathered at the Shoreham, VT boat launch and set forth across Lake Champlain in about 15 boats to join a spirited rally in Ticonderoga, NY to stop the bomb trains that run very close to Lake Champlain. The rally was joined by speakers from NY, Vermont and Massachusetts and members of the Bread and Puppet Circus who entertained us with music and a cantestoria. We then walked a short ways to the Ticonderoga Amtrak station where we took over the train tracks and station in a symbolic protest for 47 minutes in commemoration of the 47 murder victims in Lac Mégantic, QC.

 

The Flotilla crossing Lake Champlain

The Flotilla crossing Lake Champlain

 

Rally at Ticonderoga

Rally at Ticonderoga

Through a brief rainstorm we sang and talked and honored all the victims of fossil fuel destruction and disasters. There were a number of police and security personnel present but no arrests. We heard reports of 2 coordinated actions nearby that did result in arrests. After a closing ceremony the rally ended and the boaters headed back to Vermont in beautiful afternoon light. To see a video of the event click here.