On October 11, 2016 a team of nine climate activists carried out a plan that was months in the making, a bid to disrupt the entire flow of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada into the United States. In solidarity with Standing Rock, they used pipeline emergency valves in four states to stop the flow of 2.8 million barrels of oil — approximately 15% of US daily consumption. Reuters called it, “the biggest coordinated move on US energy infrastructure ever undertaken by environmental protesters,” an act that “shook the North American energy industry.”

Valve Turners: Ken Ward, Annette Klapstein, Emily Johnston, Michael Foster and Leonard Higgins

Support Team: Ben Joldersma, Sam Jessup, Reed Ingalls and Jay O'Hara

Written and Directed by Steve Liptay

Produced in association with the Climate Disobedience Center

Cinematography by Steve Liptay, Deia Schlosberg, Carl Davis and Casey Kanode

Edited by Steve Liptay, Matthew Sanchez and Jordan Freeman

Music by Martin Crane

Sound Mixing by Eric Milano

9 minutes