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Climate Justice Forum 10-27-14

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:00

The Monday, October 27, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss rail and ship transport of Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil across the Northwest, in anticipation of the Tuesday evening, October 28, Spokane public hearing about the draft 2014 Washington Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study report.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

October 28 & 30 Rallies & Hearings on Washington Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:25

Spokane: Tuesday, October 28, 5 to 10 pm

The doors to the public hearing room at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, open at 5 pm. Gather at the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain at 5 pm for a rally with music, youth climate ambassadors, and other dynamic speakers, then march three blocks to the hearing, where public comment begins at 6 pm and a hospitality suite will provide snacks.

Olympia: Thursday, October 30, 5 to 10 pm

The hearing room doors at the Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, open at 5 pm. Meet outside for a coastal jam session at 4 pm and for a rally and music at 5 pm, before a Department of Ecology presentation at 6 pm and public input starting at 6:30 pm.

On October 1, 2014, the Washington state Department of Ecology released for public review the 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study Preliminary Findings and Recommendations Report, which assesses the serious health, safety, and environmental risks and impacts of the onslaught of Northwest oil shipments by rail and vessel [1]. When the 2014 Washington Legislature failed to pass a bill assuaging growing concerns about more volatile and unpredictable crude oil traffic, lawmakers directed and funded the state agency to conduct the study in April 2014.  Governor Jay Inslee issued a directive in June 2014, outlining key components of the study designed to identify regional oil transportation risks, regulatory gaps addressing these risks, and possible state actions to reduce risks.  For this research, the administration-appointed Department of Ecology consulted the Federal Railroad Administration, the Washington Department of Transportation, the Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the Military Department’s Emergency Management Division [2].  If the state adopts an aggressive regulation plan in its final report due to the Legislature in March 2015, which will guide state agency, executive, and legislative actions, industry could mount legal challenges.

Although this draft report intricately describes the vulnerabilities of Washington sacrifice-zone communities and resources to the explosive, toxic dangers of existing oil train traffic and proposed port facilities, and thus supports citizens’ and firefighters’ demands for an immediate moratorium on rail-shipped crude, it flagrantly dismisses these hazards potentially affecting tribal treaty rights, public infrastructure, and the regional economy as secondary to the focus of the study [3]. The report partially conducted by the only paid railroad consultant, Mainline Management – comprised of retired, career Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) corporate executives with former BNSF, Port of Vancouver, and Washington Public Ports Association clients – incorrectly seeks to normalize the new risks of unconventional extreme energy extraction and transportation as simply additional threats augmenting decades of similar rail and ship activities that can be mitigated.

Even worse, this study defers to federal authorities regulating interstate commerce, relinquishing state leverage of railroad and ship traffic to national agencies such as the industry-dominated, inspection capacity-challenged Federal Railroad Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. It insufficiently suggests actions to protect public waters and their changing dynamics from the risks of tar sands oil shipments and increased tanker passage.  While state and federal agencies declare the environmental non-significance of Northwest coal and oil terminals and the report promotes further investigation but sidesteps safety precautions to avert catastrophes, regional fossil fuel freight and facilities proliferate, and bulk commodity and passenger rail service suffer.  Attempting to deter widespread resistance to policies ensuring climate chaos, the study authors overlook significant, statewide opposition to proposed oil terminals, misused public ports, expanding oil refineries, risky oil trains and ships, and bureaucratic collaboration in transformation of the Northwest rail system into a permanent, global carbon pollution export corridor.  Did they consider the best interests of Washingtonians over those of private industry in this report that recommends implementation of several procedures costing more than $13 million?

With the present number of 19 loaded trains each week carrying diluted Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken shale crude through northern Idaho and Spokane possibly doubling or even tripling by 2020, rail line residents rightfully fear the consequences of spilled bitumen sinking to the bottom of waterways, like during the 2010 Kalamazoo River pipeline leak, and derailed Bakken “bomb trains” igniting life-threatening explosions and fires in mile-wide “blast zones” around train tracks, as in the July 2013 Lac Megantic disaster [4-6].

But BNSF, other railroads, and Big Oil still unreasonably argue that replacing outdated oil cars with sturdier tankers in two years, instead of their proposed ten-year deadline, is impossible, although some manufacturers and refineries are already eliminating the older cars. Bakken crude vapors that ignite at lower temperatures than conventional heavy oil gases “require thicker tank shells, puncture-resistant shields, and stronger valve fittings to prevent spills that could easily explode.” [5]  The railroad and oil industries also insist that disclosing records of these hazardous fuel shipments to emergency responders and the public would compromise their safety and expose proprietary commercial information to competitors.  Idaho and Washington rail line residents and officials are justifiably frustrated by a dearth of industry transparency, accountability, timely remedial action, and even a purposeful filibuster at a June 2014 Washington legislative hearing on oil train safety.

Since 2013, nine serious train derailments have spilled oil and unleashed explosions, more than during the last four decades. The massive surge of North Dakota fracked oil and Alberta bitumen has expanded oil transported by rail throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Proposals and ongoing endeavors to ship more oil overland to Washington refineries and ports could result in 850,000 barrels per day crossing the region, more than through the stalled Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  If proponents build huge, dusty, coal export terminals at Cherry Point and Longview, together handling 100 million tons of coal yearly, the cumulative impacts of more than 60 loaded and unloaded trains per day and 4,000 additional tanker ships annually could impose grave threats to community safety, public health, local businesses and economies, wildlife, and waterways and exacerbate the current climate crisis.

The Port of Olympia and 16 Washington cities from Spokane to Aberdeen and from Bellingham to Vancouver have passed resolutions of concern about recent and potentially increased, dangerous, volatile fossils fuels traversing the rails and waters of the region. Reducing the number of oil and coal trains, tankers, and barges, preventing construction of new coal and oil terminals, and immediately banning unsafe oil cars like the DOT111s that killed 47 Quebec residents would best limit the exorbitant risks and costs that Northwesterners now bear, while dirty energy companies profit.  Stronger, responsible, federal and state regulations should also mandate: full public disclosure of the content, location, and schedule of oil and coal trains; coordinated training and accessible cargo information and emergency equipment for first responders; slower train speeds through public parks and crossings; and better protections of waterways from oil spills and coal pollution, such as the tug boat escorts required for large ships and barges carrying hazardous freight in other West Coast states.

Instead of wasting public funds on expanded infrastructure and safety precautions for declining energy corporations, the Northwest should demonstrate the alternative energy leadership desperately necessary for global survival. Investing in 21st century clean energy technology and solutions and diversifying sustainable fuel choices for transportation and electricity generation must advance in every private and public sector.  Please do not miss these unique, critical, collective opportunities to comment on the 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study, to engage state leaders about the combined impacts of regional fossil fuel traffic, and to galvanize emerging partnerships and alliances around this issue among sovereign tribes, local governments, organized labor, and community resistance groups.

To assist your participation in respective Spokane and Olympia public hearings on October 28 and 30 – developing your testimony, expressing your concerns, talking with media personnel, and informing state responses to this significant situation – many groups have created and compiled specific talking points and message guidance [7-9, also see the Washington Oil Transportation Safety Hearings Testimony Reference Sheet]. Together, we are working to encourage enthusiastic and committed turnout that, like the Gateway Pacific coal terminal review, ensures that this study considers the entire region and the cumulative risks, threats, and impacts of both oil and coal transport to rail and terminal communities, public health and safety, alternative economies and resources, and lands and waterways from Lake Pend Oreille and the Spokane and Columbia rivers to Grays Harbor and the Salish Sea.

As insightful preparation for these rallies and hearings, hosts of two radio programs, Earth Matters Now! and Down To Earth, on the Spokane nonprofit community radio station KYRS are combining their broadcasts for a second time, to again discuss regional oil and coal transportation and this study with three great public servants.  On Tuesday, October 28, from 12 noon to 1:15 pm, Laura Ackerman, Paul Dillon, and Bart Mihailovich will talk with Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, and King County Executive Dow Constantine.  Listen to this joint radio show at 88.1 and 92.3 FM or via the live-streamed podcast at http://www.kyrs.org.

Spokane: Tuesday, October 28, 5 to 10 pm

The doors to the public hearing room at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, open at 5 pm. Gather at the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain at 5 pm for a rally with music, youth climate ambassadors, and other dynamic speakers, then march three blocks to the hearing, where public comment begins at 6 pm and a hospitality suite will provide snacks.

Olympia: Thursday, October 30, 5 to 10 pm

The hearing room doors at the Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, open at 5 pm. Meet outside for a coastal jam session at 4 pm and for a rally and music at 5 pm, before a Department of Ecology presentation at 6 pm and public input starting at 6:30 pm.

Tips for Providing Testimony

* Succinctly share your personal story, naturally integrating some of the shared talking points to emphasize key messages.

* Explain how oil and coal transport proposals specifically affect you and your family, business, and community.

* Name particular locations near you where oil and coal transport expose you and your community to risks and impacts.

Please circulate this message and facebook event pages among your social networks, invite your friends, wear red, and join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), a multitude of allied organizations, and hundreds of concerned citizens at one of these pre-hearing rallies and public hearings starting at 5 pm this Tuesday and Thursday! As WIRT coordinates successive oil train actions in Sandpoint and supportive Idaho and Washington communities, share your thoughts about the 2014 Washington state Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study preliminary report, through the lingering vestiges of participatory democracy.  Together, we need to demand more proactive regional protection from hazardous fossil fuel trains and tankers endangering communities and waterways with frequent derailments, accidents, spills, explosions, and loss of life and property.

For more information and to arrange Palouse carpools, get involved and please RSVP to WIRT at 208-301-8039 and this email address. Contact the Idaho Conservation League to travel from the Sandpoint area to this public hearing [10].  If you cannot attend, please send your draft report feedback through the Department of Ecology comment form [11].

No more oil, no more coal!

[1] 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study (Washington Department of Ecology)

[2] Oil Transport Study: Governor Inslee Hires Fox to Study Coop (October 4, 2014 Railing Against Crude)

[3] Inslee’s Draft Marine and Rail Oil Report: A Study in Mis-Direction (October 16, 2014 Railing Against Crude)

[4] Editorial: New Oil Rail Rules Must Ensure Accountability (October 15, 2014 Spokesman-Review)

[5] Port Has Valid Concerns about Oil Trains (October 23, 2014 Olympian)

[6] Oil Shipments across Washington Could Triple by 2020 (October 26, 2014 Spokesman-Review)

[7] Oil Transport Hearings: Message Points (Washington Environmental Council)

[8] Help Stop Dangerous Fossil Fuel Trains from Traveling through Your Community! (Sierra Club)

[9] Public Hearing: Help Stop Dangerous Fossil Fuel Trains! (October 12, 2014 Coal-Free Spokane)

[10] Safety of Oil-by-Rail Studied in Northwest (October 16, 2014 Idaho Conservation League)

[11] Public Comments for the 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study Preliminary Findings and Recommendations (Washington Department of Ecology)


Filed under: Alerts, Coal/Oil Trains/Ports
Categories: Climate Change

Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests 10-15-14

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:08

Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests 10-15-14 (October 15, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide photos)

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, beginning at 8:30 am MDT, Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE), Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), and allies converged and protested for a second time another auction of oil and gas leases of state lands and sub-surface mineral rights conducted by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) for the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners [1]. Held in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Trophy Conference Room in Boise, Idaho, the public meeting offered 11 tracts totaling 5,250 acres in Cassia, Gem, and Owyhee Counties, including 600 acres in Cassia County and 160 acres in Gem County of state lands and 4,479 acres in Owyhee County of split estates with private landowners and state mineral holders.

Although citizens at the auction observed four bidders, only the drilling companies Alta Mesa Idaho of Houston, Texas, and Trendwell West of Rockford, Michigan, paid an average of $46 per acre on purportedly competitive, oral bids for subsequent ten-year leases [2, 3]. Increasing the current tally to nearly 98,000 leased state acres (besides thousands of leased private acres in six southwestern counties), IDL raised $263,000 from the auction of state public trust and endowment trust lands and minerals for oil and gas exploitation, “benefitting” the general fund, state wildlife and transportation departments, and specific educational and beneficiary institutions.  The state will receive a 12.5 percent royalty on any resulting oil and gas extracted from producing wells impacting lands, resources, and waterways at bargain prices.

At the successful, three-woman Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protest in Boise, which delayed the auction for a half-hour, the Idaho Department of Lands leased 160 acres of state lands in Gem County for only one dollar per acre. The first ever Cassia County acres went for only $10 per acre, but the other nine parcels in Owyhee County elicited $40 to $55 per acre, with one at $105 [4].  These discrepancies infer (at least to WIRT) that oil and gas industry representatives are leery to invest in Gem County drilling, due to the County Commissioners’ recent decision to establish a committee guiding and (hopefully soon) implementing independent, legally defensible, baseline, water quality sampling and testing of water bodies and wells prior to potentially harmful oil and gas activities.  Congratulations, Gem County activists!

Most remarkably but predictably, the Wednesday morning frontline demonstration drew scant local media attention and citizen participation but plenty of state repression, via eight agency, city, and state cops attempting to squash the First Amendment rights of only two to three Idaho activists [5]. Even while leading Idaho fractivist Alma Hasse persisted in her sixth day of a jailed hunger strike, after her wrongful arrest while requesting information at a Payette County hearing on the previous Thursday, officials tried to displace and detain her daughter and friends and their protest signs at the next oil and gas public meeting.  As described in photo captions and an article and video that garnered nationwide interest, Boise police reinstated these protesters’ rights to peacefully wield signs and quietly videotape and occupy the auction room filled with gas company executives and attorneys.

Where were concerned people across Idaho and the region, coordinating actions and influencing and determining how industry-enforcing bureaucrats manage these shared resources? Allowing the Idaho Department of Lands to both regulate and lease oil and gas development on state holdings seems like a conflict of interest, especially because the politically appointed Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which oversees IDL and industry regulation, enjoys a 1.5 percent severance tax on oil and gas production for its “responsibility.”  With 18 drilled but capped wells and pipelines and processing and transportation infrastructure currently under construction or proposed, the first producing well in Idaho in March 2014, on the Teunissen Dairy near New Plymouth, may mark the dawn of a statewide movement against oil and gas industry hegemony.

As five years of frenzied oil and gas rule-making, legislation, exploration, and production, centered primarily in Payette County and the Boise halls of government, continue to degrade relatively pristine and increasingly valuable watersheds and reliant communities, IRAGE and WIRT encourage Idahoans to boycott and divest from oil and gas, engage in grassroots public participation, and generate resistance to the ongoing, boom-and-bust, extreme energy practices of drilling, fracking, acidizing, processing, and transporting hydrocarbons. In the spirit of solidarity with more severely affected Americans, we support displays of collective citizen disapproval of government and corporate use of public lands and waters as sacrifice zones for the toxic aftermath of oil and gas extraction profits.  If state residents dismiss opportunities to protect precious, clean air, water, and lands from fossil fuel incursions, they can expect to suffer ruined rights, health, properties, livelihoods, and prolonged climate chaos in the crosshairs of dirty energy corporations.

[1] Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests (October 7, 2014  Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[2] Idaho Leases Thousands More Acres for Oil and Gas Development (October 16, 2014 Idaho Department of Lands)

[3] Idaho Auctions Off More Oil and Gas Leases (October 17, 2014 Idaho Statesman)

[4] Cassia County Gas and Oil Lease Auctioned to Development Company (October 23, 2014 Twin Falls Times-News)

[5] Fish and Game Cop Tries to Gag Fracking Activists and is Shut Down by Boise PD (October 17, 2014 EnviroNews)


Filed under: Idaho Fracking, Photos
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Alma Hasse 10-20-14

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:00

PLEASE CALL IN: 208-892-9200!  The Monday, October 20, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes leading Idaho citizen fractivist and co-founder of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction, Alma Hasse.  Alma will share her experiences of her wrongful arrest at an October 9 Payette County planning and zoning meeting approving a natural gas processing plant expansion and her week-long incarceration and hunger strike confined to a holding cell while refusing to participate in the booking process.  She will also discuss the government, industry, and resistance background and implications of oil and gas development for civil liberties and property rights in Idaho.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Jim, Alma Hasse’s Husband, & Tina Fisher 10-13-14

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:45

The Monday, October 13, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Jim, husband of leading Idaho fractivist Alma Hasse who is hunger striking in the Payette County Detention Center since her wrongful October 9 arrest at a county meeting approving a natural gas processing plant expansion.  Tina Fisher, cofounder with Alma of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction and present at Alma’s arrest, will discuss the local background and implications of oil and gas development for civil liberties and property rights in Idaho.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Global Frackdown Idaho 10-11-14

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:45

In conjunction with the Global Frackdown worldwide day of action on Saturday, October 11, Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, Wild Idaho Rising Tide, and other groups and individuals arranged and supported Global Frackdown Idaho for a third year in Boise and for the first time in Moscow.  To publicly oppose fracking, concerned citizens and climate justice activists from across Idaho converged and staged demonstrations, calling for a ban on looming first fracking in Idaho and around the Earth.  In response to state and local policy makers and administrators and in solidarity with harmed communities and wrongfully jailed and hunger-striking Idaho fractivist Alma Hasse, protesters gathered with family, friends, neighbors, signs, and banners at the Boise and Moscow farmers markets.  Event coordinators provided verbal descriptions and printed information about the current state of oil and gas development and resistance in Idaho, as they circulated and signed a petition to state officials and considered a ballot measure, to ban fracking, waste injection wells, and all toxic oil and gas practices statewide.  At both events, participants expressed their outrage over government complicity with industrial harms to shared air, water, climate, and community, as they demanded that Idaho officials secure a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not by dirty, polluting fossil fuels that poison people and the planet.

Global Frackdown Idaho (Wild Idaho Rising Tide) (facebook event)

Global Frackdown on the Palouse (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

Global Frackdown (Food and Water Watch)

Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction)

Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)


Filed under: Idaho Fracking, Photos
Categories: Climate Change

Idaho Fractivist Arrested Requesting Public Information

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:30

At the Payette County Courthouse in Payette, Idaho, police arrested Alma Hasse of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction after the 7 pm Thursday, October 9, Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing about the proposed expansion of the first of two natural gas processing plants and bomb train loading facilities still under construction.

Ms. Hasse was within her rights as a Payette County and Idaho citizen to insist on obtaining public official contact information before departing after the meeting. Denied such access and allegedly refusing to leave, she may be charged with trespassing and possibly disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, according to the Payette County Detention Facility where she is being held.

Multiple calls to the jail (208-642-6006, extension 2) with questions from family and fellow activists revealed that staff will not allow incoming communication and that they claim that Alma is not cooperating with booking procedures. They also state that she will be spending the night and allowed one phone call and, if the judge is willing to see her, she will be arraigned and released at a 1:30 pm hearing on Friday, October 10.  If not, she could remain jailed until Tuesday, over an upcoming “holiday.”

Because Alma has served as the preeminent, outspoken opponent of nascent Idaho oil and gas development over the last four years in the Payette County ground-zero countryside surrounding her home and business, her friends and allies fear that she is being detained by excessive force in a rural prison. We are unsure of her bail amount, but her eagerly anticipated court appearance on Friday may not require it.

Please send Alma your best thoughts and energies throughout Friday morning and beyond, and call the detention center to ask about her situation and to convey that the world is watching. If you can, attend her hearing in solidarity and ensure that she knows to plead “not guilty” and ask for a public defender.  Share this report via email, facebook, Twitter, and phone, and consider donating to Alma’s legal expenses (she has also appealed the second gas processing plant) at P.O. Box 922, Fruitland, ID 83619-0900.  Thanks for supporting our climate heroes!


Filed under: Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:40

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, beginning at 9:30 am MDT, the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners will offer oil and gas leases of state lands and sub-surface mineral rights for sale to the highest bidder, at a public auction in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Trophy Conference Room 101, at 600 South Walnut Street in Boise, Idaho [1]. The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) periodically conducts these auctions and administers subsequent leases, with oversight and approval of the Land Board.  The 12.5-percent royalty derived from extracted oil and gas raises funds from lands held for the public trust and state wildlife and transportation departments and for specified beneficiary institutions through the state endowment trust.  Of the 11 tracts in Cassia, Gem, and Owyhee Counties, 600 acres in Cassia County and 160 acres in Gem County constitute state lands, while the nine parcels totaling 4,479 acres located in Owyhee County involve split estates of private landowners and state mineral holders [2].

Minimum, competitive bids by drilling companies at the oral auction open at only $0.25 per acre for the 5,279 acres available for leasing [3]. Successful bidders must pay their bid and the first year’s annual rent of $1.00 per acre for leases lasting up to ten years.  If these leases are not drilled or productive, IDL assesses additional drilling penalties of $1.00 per acre per year starting in the sixth year.  The state requires a $1,000 bond for exploration on each lease, which increases to $6,000 prior to drilling, in addition to a drilling permit bond issued by the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.  Before entry on state lands for seismic exploration, companies must acquire IDL permits costing $100 per mile across contiguous tracts or a minimum of $100 per section.

At the last of several state lands and minerals auctions in Boise, on April 17, 2014, activists raised concerns about drilling under rivers and fossil fuel effects on climate change, demonstrating outside IDL headquarters and quietly occupying the auction room filled with gas company executives and attorneys who bid more than $1,148,435 to the state of Idaho [4]. The Idaho Department of Lands leased 17,700-plus acres for oil and gas drilling, including 1,415 acres of state public trust lands and minerals under or adjacent to Boise, Payette, and Snake river beds.  AM (Alta Mesa) Idaho of Houston, Texas, and Trendwell West, of Rockford, Michigan, paid an average of $76 per acre for the 150  tracts in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties.  The April 17 auction doubled the previously largest amount of Idaho public lands and minerals leased in one period, bringing the total to nearly 98,000 state acres, leased for as low as $2.35 per acre on average, besides the thousands more private acres leased in six southwestern counties [5].  Eighteen drilled but capped wells, awaiting pipelines and production and transportation infrastructure currently proposed or under construction, surround the first producing well in Idaho in February 2014, on the Teunissen Dairy near New Plymouth.  The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality found toluene from drilling mud in a water well several hundred feet away in fall 2012 [6].

If the people of Idaho own these myriad acres of public trust and endowment trust state lands and minerals auctioned for oil and gas exploitation, which respectively “benefit” the general fund and public schools, how can Idahoans influence and determine how our state cares for these shared resources? Allowing the same agency – the Idaho Department of Lands – to both regulate and lease oil and gas development on state holdings seems like a conflict of interest, especially because the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that oversees industry regulation is politically appointed and receives a 1.5-percent severance tax on oil and gas production for its “responsibility.”  At least Idahoans can vote out of office the state’s highest elected officials on the Land Board, for leasing and selling off our precious but subsequently impacted lands, resources, and waterways for bargain prices.

Because the last five years of frenzied oil and gas rule-making, legislation, exploration, and drilling, centered primarily in Payette County and the Boise halls of government, represent industry’s first forays into Idaho’s still relatively pristine and thus increasingly valuable watersheds, the time has arrived for communities across the state to organize resistance to looming drilling, fracking, and acidizing of oil and gas wells. Historic and current fossil fuel development in the state infer that major portions of Idaho are ripe for extreme energy extraction and could eventually suffer in the boom-and-bust crosshairs of dirty energy corporations [7].  Please participate in one or more of these opportunities for citizen protection of our clean air, water, and lands:

1) Join the auction protest of these state leases, converging at 8:30 am MDT on Wednesday, October 15, outside the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 600 South Walnut Street in Boise.  Organized by Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment (ICARE), Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE), Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), and allies, this frontline demonstration affords various roles that will display collective citizen disapproval of our state government allowing oil and gas companies to utilize our public lands and waters as dumping grounds for the predictable, toxic aftermath of extraction profits.  Bring your protest signs, family, friends, co-workers, songs, and spirit of solidarity with communities devastated by fossil fuels.  Park in the MK Nature Center lot south of the Fish and Game building, and contact ICARE, IRAGE, and WIRT to discuss event logistics [8, 9].

2) Coordinate statewide protests at Idaho Department of Lands offices on the holiday or business day before this auction, Monday or Tuesday, October 13 or 14.  Like the June 4 to 7, 2013, Stop the Frack Attack, Idaho! actions across the state, we are encouraging and instigating demonstrations outside IDL offices at Bonners Ferry, Coolin, Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Kingston, Saint Maries, Deary, Kamiah, Orofino, Craigmont, McCall, Jerome, and Idaho Falls [10, 11].  Recruit your friends, family, and neighbors, wield your protest signs, banners, and chants, engage in grassroots public participation by sharing your thoughts with agency personnel, and take plenty of photos and videos to share with Boise IDL staff!  Oil and gas development could soon be coming to the Grangeville area and southeastern Idaho [12, 13].  Please reach WIRT at 208-301-8039 or wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com, for further information.

3) Sign the petition addressed to Idaho Governor Butch Otter, entitled Protect Idaho’s Water [14].  It requests independent baseline testing of all bodies of water near state lands and minerals prior to their leasing by the Idaho Department of Lands to the oil and gas industry.  To expand Idaho citizens’ right to knowledge of lands planned for auction, engagement in leasing processes, and stringent water protections, the state should make available to the public this water quality data and comprehensive maps of pending leased parcels, before any auction of state lands and mineral rights for fossil fuel development.

4) Test your well water before any oil and gas drilling activities, if you live or do business in leased areas.  Because such water quality data must be legally defensible, withstanding potential industry attorney challenges, a certified water collector should do the sampling, thereby ensuring a strong and transparent chain of custody.  Contact Alma Hasse and Tina Fisher of ICARE and IRAGE, who can guide you through this process.  If you pool four to eight neighbors for water well testing within a zero- to three-mile radius of looming drilling, ICARE can cover the $35 hourly rate for a technician.

5) Arrange meetings among your neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends for presentations and discussions with ICARE, IRAGE, and WIRT activists about oil and gas development in Idaho and other states more severely affected by industry inroads.  Local organizers can answer your questions and talk with you over coffee or iced tea.

6) Explore information on the IRAGE and WIRT facebook and website pages, join these community groups, and share this action alert with concerned citizens around the region.  WIRT will periodically release more updates about Idaho oil and gas incursions and resistance in upcoming newsletters.

[1] Notice of Oil and Gas Lease Auction (Idaho Department of Lands)

[2] Tracts to be Auctioned on October 15, 2014 (Idaho Department of Lands)

[3] Oil and Gas Leasing (Idaho Department of Lands)

[4] Idaho Gas Lease Auction Protest and Petition Report (April 17, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[5] Fracking Campaign (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[6] WIRT Newsletter: Direct Action Manuals, Idaho Gas and Fukushima Plans, Fracking, Shale Oil, Coal, and Tar Sands Resistance (November 3, 2013 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[7] Oil and Gas Exploration in Idaho (2006 Idaho Geological Survey)

[8] Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (facebook)

[9] Wild Idaho Rising Tide (facebook and website)

[10] Stop the Frack Attack, Idaho! 6-4-7-13 (June 4, 2013 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[11] Supervisory Areas (Idaho Department of Lands)

[12] Fracking Brothers Buy Chunk of Idaho County (January 12, 2013 Lewiston Tribune)

[13] Don’t Frack Birding Island in Idaho’s Payette River (May 30, 2013 Earthworks Earthblog)

[14] Protect Idaho’s Water (CredoMobilize petition)


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Background: Second and Third Bigge/Calumet Megaloads

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:45

(August 28 to October 5, 2014, Montana megaload news soon…)


Filed under: Mammoet 2014 Megaloads
Categories: Climate Change

Not Yet, Calumet! Megaload & Refinery Protests

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:00

According to various Montana media accounts, the third, final, and top Calumet Montana Refining hydrocracker section, bound for Great Falls, Montana, and hauled by recent Oregon megaload-dropping Bigge Crane and Rigging, left the Dell, Montana area on Wednesday evening, October 1 [1, 2].  Its arduous trek traversing Interstate 15, U.S. Highway 287, and Montana Highway 200 may require seven or fewer nights, like the second, heavier load.  Ongoing news breakdowns, if not blackouts, suggest that it may have entered Montana over Monida Pass by road, not by rail like the second such transport that crossed two Indian reservations [3, 4].  Uncritically publishing the September 29 Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) press release, the local, weekly Dillon Tribune newspaper finally printed front-page news of the move, but claimed no previous knowledge of these two heaviest-ever, regional megaloads weighing over 1.3 million pounds [5].  Despite MDT statements to the media, veterans of four-plus years of megaload opposition cannot trust MDT’s assertion that “there are no more expected ‘megaloads’ on the calendar, using any of the routes through Montana” [1].

As Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies prepare for anti-megaload actions, heeding the same reasons we have always resisted fossil fuel evils, Washington and Idaho activists are still deliberating our travel options (that need your donations!) and anticipating that this behemoth could arrive in Great Falls as early as Wednesday night, October 7-8.  Because minimal and broken MDT website links to the presumably similar second megaload transport plan perhaps purposely offer little information, we contacted MDT, asking where on its website concerned citizens could find the Bigge transportation plan for these megaloads [6].  MDT staff replied that, “As of this evening (Friday, October 3), the current, parked location of Bigge Crane and Rigging’s megaload is milepost 108.8 on Interstate 15 [about 17 miles south of Butte].  They are expected to remain parked until Sunday night, at which point they will go through Butte.”  MDT referred additional questions regarding travel routes, planned stops, and past moves to Motor Carrier Services Division Administrator Duane Williams at 406-444-7312 or duwilliams@mt.gov.

WIRT’s best, mapped guess of the progression of routes and layover spots of the third Bigge/Calumet megaload in Montana, based on all currently available agency and media information, follows [7].
* Sunday night, October 5-6: Interstate 15 from Feely through Butte to Jefferson City (points B to C)
* Monday night, October 6-7: Jefferson City through Helena to Lyons Creek (points C to D)
* Tuesday night, October 7-8: Lyons Creek through Wolf Creek to U.S. Highway 287 and Montana Highway 200 to Sun River (points D to E)
* Wednesday night, October 8-9: Highway 200 to Frontage/Vaughn Road to Northwest Bypass to Third Street NW to Calumet Montana Refining (points E to F)

Wild Idaho Rising Tide and distant allies intend to not miss this most significant Bigge-hauled Calumet transport nor to let it sidestep citizen objection as easily as the first two loads in Montana.  We hope to honor the protest leadership of amazing Indian Peoples Action (IPA) and Missoula megaload blockaders and to build momentum from IPA’s first demonstration outside the refinery, in solidarity with First Nations resisting tar sands exploitation and hosting the Tar Sands Healing Walk on June 28 [8].  Eager to plan and participate in swift responses to Montana megaload transports and refinery expansion, WIRT connected with Great Falls activists and impacted communities through allies.  During month-long discussions among three Montana groups and tribal and climate activists and friends, we sought input to coordinate monitoring and protesting activities and other resistance to megaloads and refineries in Great Falls and beyond, talking about effective strategies and tactics and suggesting event times and places.  As WIRT “confronts the root causes of climate change,” we prefer to retain our focused, direct opposition of refinery expansion and supply transportation, but may also engage in the contentious arena of fossil fuel consumer-driven climate change that is secondary to state-sponsored, corporate extraction and production of hydrocarbons.

So we propose nighttime protests, encountering the megaload moving under cover of darkness through well-lit places, and demonstrations during heavy traffic, daylight hours on the sidewalks in front of Calumet Montana Refining and the Calumet gas station on Tenth Avenue South in Great Falls, to attract the attention of passersby and urge boycotts of company gasoline.  Depending on the schedule of this last megaload, please join these tentative demonstrations:
* Wednesday, October 8, 4 pm: Calumet Gas Station, 1621 10th Avenue South (corner of 17th Street South and 10th Avenue South) Great Falls, Montana
* Wednesday, October 8, 5 pm: Calumet Montana Refining, 1900 10th Street Northeast (corner of Smelter Avenue Northeast and 10th Street Northeast), Great Falls, Montana
* Wednesday and/or Thursday, October 8 and/or 9, 9 pm: Meet at the Denny’s at the Flying J Travel Plaza, 3715 31st Street Southwest (Interstate 15 Airport Exit 277), Great Falls, Montana

Expect, encourage, and engage in this megaload resistance, before this last crucial component of Alberta tar sands/Bakken shale oil refinery expansion attains its destination.  Rally by all possible methods – via phone calls, email messages, letters, media releases, and internet posts – to activate intrepid defenders of our climate-challenged planet standing up and speaking out against biosphere-destroying profiteers!  Please craft and bring protest signs targeting refinery megaloads and expansion, for instance saying “No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure,” “Stop Tar Sands & Shale Oil,” “Megaloads = Mega-Climate Chaos,” or other creative slogans.  Circulate this megaload update and protesting/monitoring alert, contact WIRT to carpool from Missoula, Helena, and other Idaho and Montana locations, and mobilize whomever you can to together get involved in these endeavors.  For further information about these megaloads and accompanying WIRT opposition since December 2013, see a background article released tonight, October 5, and the category Mammoet 2014 Megaloads, both available on the WIRT website [9, 10].  And consider that none of this activism can happen without your physical and/or fiscal support soon [11].

[1] Megaload Heading up I-15 from Dell Next Week (September 26, 2014 Montana Standard)

[2] Megaload to Move through Montana (September 27, 2014 Montana Standard)

[3] Third and Final Megaload Headed North on 1-15 Tonight (October 1, 2014 KPAX)

[4] KRTV 10 pm Top Stories – Wednesday, October 1 (October 2, 2014 KRTV)

[5] “Mega Load” to Pass by Dillon (October 1, 2014 Dillon Tribune) (full page)

[6] Bigge Crane Megaload Permit Issued (September 18, 2014 Montana Department of Transportation)

[7] Third Bigge/Calumet Megaload Route and Layovers in Montana (October 5, 2014 Google Maps)

[8] “Clean Energy” Advocates Protest in Great Falls (June 28, 2014 KRTV)

[9] Background: Second and Third Bigge/Calumet Megaloads (October 5, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[10] Mammoet 2014 Megaloads (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[11] Support WIRT (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)


Filed under: Alerts, Mammoet 2014 Megaloads
Categories: Climate Change

Global Frackdown Idaho

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:00

Over the last four years, a majority of Idaho senators, representatives, and agency staff members has succumbed to the mercenary ambitions of the oil and natural gas industry and the state of Idaho. They have passed and misapplied state laws, rules, and regulations, allowing hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)  that pollutes surface and ground water, sanctioning associated waste injection wells that leak or re-use water wells, permitting seismic testing and gas flaring that degrade geologic stability and air sheds, granting corporate hegemony over local jurisdictions that undermines democratic oversight of oil and gas facilities, approving gas wells and processing plants that spew volatile toxins, traffic, and noise, and consenting to drilling on state lands and near or under rivers, wetlands, and wildlife refuges that sustain water resources, agriculture, and native species [1, 2].  Subsequently, they have effectively compromised our air and water quality, jeopardized our health, property, and livelihoods, dismissed local protective ordinances, threatened agricultural communities, endangered tourism revenue, and risked the state’s lands, waters, and economy.

Despite ongoing outcry from thousands of citizens and diligent input from scientists, attorneys, elected officials, and conservation organizations, our delegates have negligently accommodated oil and gas exploration, production, and transportation in Idaho, especially where the state owns the subsurface mineral rights, at the likely expense of their constituents’ health, safety, finances, and self-governance. In the wake of increasingly erratic weather, horrific Colorado gasland floods, continent-wide oil and gas spills and explosions, and indigenous and settler blockades of fossil fuel equipment and product supply roads and rails, honest, hard-working Idahoans dread the impacts of similar probable scenarios on their families and communities, homes and businesses, and resources and recreation in the Payette River floodplains, where drilling resumed during summer 2013, potentially affecting wild, downstream Snake River canyons [3-6].

In response to state and local policy makers and administrators, in solidarity with harmed communities, and in conjunction with the Global Frackdown worldwide day of action on Saturday, October 11, concerned citizens and climate justice activists from across Idaho are converging to stage more public demonstrations, calling for a ban on looming first fracking in Idaho and around the Earth [7, 8]. As we circulate a petition to state officials and consider a ballot measure, to ban all toxic oil and gas practices statewide, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), Idaho Residents against Gas Extraction (IRAGE), Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC), and other groups and individuals are coordinating a Global Frackdown Idaho march and rally in Boise and gathering in Moscow, to publicly oppose fracking.

Join protesters at 11 am MDT on Saturday, October 11, near the Boise Farmers Market at Eleventh and Front Streets, to march by the Capital City Public Market, toward a rally at the Idaho Capitol on Jefferson Street. Gather at 10 am PDT at the PESC/WIRT outreach table in the Moscow Farmers Market on Friendship Square, to sign the Idaho anti-fracking/waste injection well petition and take supportive photos.  At both events, demand of Idaho officials a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not by dirty, polluting fossil fuels that poison people and the planet.  Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and protest signs, banners, and chants, and express your outrage over government complicity with industrial harms to shared air, water, climate, and community.  For information about carpools embarking from northern and southern Idaho respectively, contact WIRT at 208-301-8039 or wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or reach IRAGE at 208-695-1556 or idahocare@yahoo.com [9, 10].  PESC can provide descriptions of the Moscow event at epfuerst@frontier.com [11].  Profusely print and post the color, letter-sized Global Frackdown Idaho Flyer, hand distribute the Global Frackdown Idaho Quarter Flyer, both available on the WIRT website, and do not miss your opportunity to participate in this event!  Thanks!

[1] Fracking Campaign (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[2] Idaho Fracking (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[3] E. Coli, Oil Spills, and Airlifts: Fallout from Colorado Flooding Continues (September 20, 2013 Cable News Network)

[4] No Thanks No Giving: Mi’kmaq Call for Actions October 18 #Indigenize (October 12, 2013 Reclaim Turtle Island)

[5] WIRT Newsletter: September Idaho Gasland News (September 21, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[6] WIRT Newsletter: September 26 to October 30 Events (September 26, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[7] Global Frackdown on the Palouse (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

[8] Global Frackdown (Food and Water Watch)

[9] Wild Idaho Rising Tide (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[10] Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction)

[11] Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion CUP Documents

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:30

Please comment about proposed expansion of this solitary Payette County natural gas processing plant, still under construction.  Written opposition by late Thursday, October 2, to accommodate later appeals, would further obstruct southwestern Idaho gas production.  WIRT has posted pertinent documents for your response here and site photos on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helen.yost.7/posts/753565791374950?notif_t=story_reshare

From: Payette County Website [mailto:webmaster@payettecounty.org]

Sent: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:00 AM

To: Patti Nitz

Subject: Payette County: Information about Amended CUP for AM Idaho

This is an enquiry email via http://payettecounty.org/ from:

Helen Yost, Wild Idaho Rising Tide <wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com>

Ms. Nitz,

Please direct us to or send the pertinent documents considered at the October 9, 2014 Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission hearing about an amended conditional use permit (CUP) requested by AM Idaho LLC for its natural gas and hydrocarbon liquid treatment facility near 4303 Highway 30 South in New Plymouth, Idaho.*  We would prefer to receive this information electronically and in a timely manner accommodating our comments five business days in advance of this hearing.

Thank you,

Helen Yost

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

208-301-8039

* Legal Notice of Public Hearing

http://id.mypublicnotices.com/PublicNotice.asp?Page=PublicNotice&AdId=3628297

On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Patti Nitz <pnitz@payettecounty.org> wrote:

Good morning, Ms. Yost:

Attached please find the application to amend a conditional use permit submitted by AM Idaho, LLC for its natural gas processing facility on Highway 30 South, New Plymouth.  I have also attached the notice of the upcoming public hearing, the staff report, an aerial map of the proposed location, and a memo containing my notes from the technical review meeting.  I have not yet received the engineer’s comment letter that follows the technical review meeting.

Patti S. Nitz, Administrator

Payette County Planning and Zoning

208-642-6018

pnitz@payettecounty.org

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Aerial Map

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion CUP Application

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Hearing Notice

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Payette County Staff Report

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Payette County Technical Review Meeting Memo

From: Wild Idaho Rising Tide <wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com>

To: Patti Nitz <pnitz@payettecounty.org>

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Subject: Re: Payette County: Information about Amended CUP for AM Idaho

Thank you, Ms. Nitz,

We greatly appreciate your provision of these documents, which we hope will benefit public participation in this hearing and associated decisions.

Helen Yost

Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Ellen Roskovich 9-29-14

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:00

The Monday, September 29, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Ellen Roskovich, a stalwart, core WIRT activist and supporter of environmental justice and community spirit, soon departing Moscow, Idaho, for Portland, Oregon.  Ellen will reminisce about Moscow, WIRT, and indigenous resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure throughout the region during the last three years of her strong involvement in direct actions.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

WIRT Newsletter: September 26 to October 30 Events

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:45

Please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies in these upcoming September and October 2014 activities! Expect separate announcements about the Global Frackdown, oil and gas lease auction protest, and other events soon.

Friday, September 26, 4 pm: Ellen and “Pops” Roskovich Bench Dedication Ceremony, East City Park, Third and Monroe Streets, Moscow, Idaho

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm: Hail and Farewell to Ellen Roskovich, D. Willy’s Blues Brew and BBQ, 112 West Sixth Street, Moscow, Idaho

A stalwart, core WIRT activist and supporter of peace and environmental justice, Ellen is soon departing Moscow for Portland, Oregon. Moscow, WIRT, local groups, and grateful friends will miss Ellen’s impressive community spirit, direct activism, and helpful contributions to many causes.  Please join in the festivities at the Friday bench dedication, as the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band offers musical inspiration, and at a Sunday reception to offer Ellen a fitting bon voyage to her new life among close family members.  (information link)

Wednesday, October 1, 1 pm MDT: Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission special public meeting on Alta Mesa’s integration application, Idaho Capitol Room WW55, 700 West Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho (Live audio-streamed at this link)

“The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, in the Capitol, Senate Hearing Room WW55, Lower Level, West Wing, 700 West Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho,…at 1 pm MDT. Topic: Alta Mesa Services, LP application for integration.  This meeting will be streamed live via audio at this web site address…”  (information link)

Saturday, October 11, 11 am MDT: Global Frackdown, Boise Farmers Market at Eleventh and Front Streets, through Capital City Public Market, to the Idaho Capitol steps on Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho

In conjunction with the third Global Frackdown worldwide day of action on October 11, concerned citizens and climate activists are staging another public demonstration calling for a ban on looming fracking and all toxic oil and gas practices in Idaho and around the Earth. WIRT, Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE), and other groups will march with protest signs, banners, and chants, through farmers markets to the Idaho Capitol and rally on its steps, to publicly oppose fracking and fossil fuels that poison people and the planet and to demand a future powered by clean, renewable energy.  (information link)

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14 and 15, 12 noon and 8:30 am: Statewide protests at 12 noon local time on Tuesday at Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) offices and state oil and gas lease auction resistance on 8:30 am MDT on Wednesday at IDL, 300 North Sixth Street, Suite 103, Boise, Idaho

Like June 2013 demonstrations across Idaho and April 2014 protests and occupation of a state oil and gas lease auction, IRAGE, WIRT, and allies are encouraging statewide, grassroots convergences at Idaho Department of Lands offices on Tuesday, October 14, and frontline displays of citizen disapproval at another state lands and minerals lease auction at the IDL office in Boise.  (information link)

Saturday, October 18, 9 am: University of Idaho Homecoming Parade, Rosauer’s along Main Street to Seventh Street, Moscow, Idaho

The Moscow Volunteer Peace Band will march and play with Democratic Party candidates and officials and may also join Wild Idaho Rising Tide, as we again walk with protest signs and banners and distribute handouts and candy, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the University of Idaho during the Once Upon a Homecoming week.  (information link)

Tuesday, October 21, 1 to 4 pm MDT: Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission quarterly meeting, Idaho Capitol Lincoln Auditorium, Room WW02, 700 West Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho

At the October Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting, Idahoans should fully engage our last chance to modify the recently revised state oil and gas rules, before final approval by the Commission and deliberation during January 2015 Idaho legislative hearings. “Oil and Gas Commission…meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the discretion of the Commission…Alternate rooms may be utilized depending on availability of the auditorium…Meeting notices and agendas will be posted in accordance with the Idaho open meeting law.”  (information link)

Tuesday and Thursday, October 28 and 30, 6 to 8 pm: 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study public meeting, Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, Washington, on Tuesday, and at an unknown location in Lacey/Olympia on Thursday

Governor Inslee and Washington agency staff are conducting a study addressing the significant increases in oil transportation across the state, with hearings and comments that assess the risks and impacts of oil transportation to rail line and terminal communities and waterways. Crucial opportunities for public participation can provide input, express concerns, and inform state responses to combined oil and coal train and ship traffic affecting environmental and public health and safety and regional livelihoods and economies.  Contact WIRT for Palouse carpool arrangements to Spokane.  (information link)


Filed under: Newsletters
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Michael Lewis & Tina Fisher 9-22-14

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:09

The Monday, September 22, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Michael Lewis, director of the U.S. Geological Survey Idaho Water Science Center in Boise, talking about a baseline water quality study proposed for Gem County before natural gas development. We also discuss recent proposed and ongoing installation of fossil fuel infrastructure with Tina Fisher of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction, and we air a half hour of recorded speeches from the People Climate March in Portland. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

September Idaho Gasland News

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:50

GASLAND 2 IDAHO ROAD SHOW: BOISE & ONTARIO

Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE), Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), and allies are hosting the Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show, providing community screenings in eight cities across Idaho and plenty of updates about the current oil and gas situation in Idaho [1, 2]. Gasland Part II, the 2013 sequel to independent filmmaker Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated, movement-building documentary Gasland, reveals the implications for environmental, climate, and human health and American democracy and rights of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil and one of the most important environmental issues currently troubling our nation.

As residents of Payette and surrounding counties and southeastern Idaho face impending fracking, concerned, knowledgeable Idaho activists staging these free, public events will discuss with audience members local initiatives against oil and gas leasing, drilling, processing, and transporting in Idaho. This tour encourages citizen comments on recently revised state oil and gas rules before and/or at a Wednesday, September 24 hearing, as well as participation in grassroots protests during the Global Frackdown on the Capitol steps in Boise on Saturday, October 11, and at statewide Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) offices on Wednesday, October 15, opposing another state lands and minerals lease auction.

Please attend one of these movie showings and conversations on Sunday, September 21, in Boise and/or on Monday, September 22, in Ontario, Oregon. As we mobilize Idaho communities against corporate/government dirty energy inroads and demand protection from the impacts of oil and gas development, please consider generously supporting the Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show, online through the WIRT website “Donate to WIRT” button or at the address on the WIRT facebook and website pages [3].  Thanks to Arlene, Claire, Ellen, Jane, Judith, Pat, and Rob, we have raised $110 and donated dinner and lodging toward our $400 goal of offsetting film and travel costs, a small amount compared to the thousands of volunteer hours and dollars spent on a dozen regional campaign trips over the last year.  Please also help us promote this crucial road show and statewide fracking resistance by sharing the email, website, and facebook event announcements, printing and widely posting the event flyer, and participating in one of these community screenings and talks [4].  Thanks!

[1] Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show (Wild Idaho Rising Tide and Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction) (facebook event)

[2] Learn about the Dangers of Fracking in the Film ‘Gasland Part II’ Monday (September 17, 2014 Argus Observer)

[3] Support WIRT (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[4] Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show Flyer (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

OIL & GAS RULES COMMENTS

Please participate in the September 3 through 24 public comment period on the Idaho Rules Pertaining to Conservation of Crude Oil and Natural Gas (IDAPA 20.07.02), recently revised during four June and July negotiated rulemaking sessions. At 5 pm MDT on Wednesday, September 24, the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on these proposed rules at the IDL office, 300 North Sixth Street, Suite 103, in Boise [5].  Although WIRT intends to develop talking points to prompt your comments, limited electricity and internet access for writing during the statewide Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show may delay or impede this project.  See the dozens of comments posted on the Idaho Department of Lands website, previously submitted IRAGE and WIRT letters, and the following editorial for ideas for your comments.  Please also speak out at the hearing and possible protest on September 24, and send your thoughts to the Idaho Department of Lands at rulemaking@idl.idaho.gov or P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0050 [6-7].

[5] Oil and Gas: Rulemaking for IDAPA 20.07.02 Rules Pertaining to Conservation of Crude Oil and Natural Gas (Idaho Department of Lands)

[6] Comments on Proposed Negotiated Idaho Oil and Gas Rules (August 1, 2014 Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction and Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[7] Our View: Don’t Skimp on Gas Oversight (September 3, 2014 Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board)

“No fracking in Idaho [good luck with that!] means that dangerous, secret chemicals won’t be shot into the ground and potentially the state’s groundwater. But new industrial sites mean more chemicals to keep the machines working.  Gas drilling means potential widespread environmental contamination and even fires and explosions.”

STATE LEASE AUCTION

The Idaho Board of Land Commissioners received applications for state lands and subsurface minerals potentially leased for oil and gas exploitation at the next auction on October 15, where IRAGE and WIRT plan to display public objection [8]. With these proposals, tracts in Cassia County would join the thousands of acres already leased by Alta Mesa and other gas drillers in Canyon, Gem, Owhyee, Payette, and Washington counties [9].  Possibly affected citizens in the Magic Valley and all of these places are raising concerns about explosive chemicals migrating from faulty conventional, fracked, or acidized wells into drinking water and about earthquakes from gas reservoir fracturing and waste injection wells.  The Idaho Department of Lands accepted written comments and held a public, evening hearing on Wednesday, September 10, about these lands and minerals proposed for auction.  We nonetheless encourage overdue comments to IDL at publichearingcomments@idl.idaho.gov or P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0050.

[8] Public Comment Period for Oil and Gas Lease (September 3, 2014 Emmett Messenger-Index)

[9] Cassia County Land for Lease in State Oil and Gas Auction (August 29, 2014 Twin Falls Times-News)

BOMB TRAIN RAIL SPUR & MINI-REFINERY

At a public hearing held by the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday evening, September 11, at the Payette County Courthouse in Payette, commissioners rubberstamped an Alta Mesa application for a conditional use permit (CUP) to build and operate a New Plymouth processing plant and loading facility for liquefied natural gas “bomb trains” a little over one mile from New Plymouth High School [10]. The Houston, Texas company currently drilling another four wells in Payette County ground-zero covered all of its legal bases and used every loophole in county ordinances by submitting two other applications, a rezoning request to convert prime, irrigated, agricultural land to industrial uses, and an attempt to amend the Payette County comprehensive plan [11, 12].  On the previous Tuesday, September 9, P&Z held a noontime, no-host luncheon, to discuss these applications at Jimbo’s in Payette, and conducted a viewing of the site, both open to the public.  IRAGE activists warned that if the commissioners approved any of these applications, they would allow the “hydrocarbon transportation and ancillary processing” industrial facility to proceed, imposing bomb trains rumbling through communities on nearby city residents and other towns down the rail line.  Although P&Z displayed ignorance of potential impacts by rolling out the CUP red carpet, Alta Mesa scrambling local zoning regulations and comprehensive plans perhaps made P&Z “authorities” uneasy: They tabled the other two applications.  Whether the new rail spur and compression station – and associated natural gas exploitation reliant on this fossil fuel infrastructure – are “done deals” remains to be seen.

While a dehydration/compression/refrigeration plant on Highway 30, close to the Langley Gulch gas-fired power station, nears completion, the proposed site for the mini-refinery and rail spur to load bomb trains would occupy property owned by Dick Fisher and located at 4290 East Idaho Street, in the immediate vicinity of the Applegate-Kennedy Cemetery, where Idaho Street turns into Blaine Street, just outside the city limits of New Plymouth. These toxic, potentially tragic facilities would fill rail cars known to explode with highly volatile condensate/natural gas liquids (NGLs).  What could go wrong?  Neighbors, residents along this rail line, and people who choose to live in the country would suffer constant air, noise, and visual pollution, increased traffic, compromised health of self, family, and friends, and reduced home, business, and land property values, not to mention the possibility of personal and property incineration within a half-mile of the train tracks.  Not only are the public safety ramifications enormous, citizens would relinquish land for growing food as well as property values along rail lines, in exchange for out-of-state-and-country companies transporting, exporting, and combusting Idaho gas resources.  Many of the specifics of Alta Mesa’s plans, beyond filed drawings, pictures, and verbal assurances, are missing or postponed.

IRAGE and WIRT invite you to look over Alta Mesa’s applications and offer written comments voicing your disapproval, opinions, and concerns about this development, via email to Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission officials. Contact IRAGE comrades Alma Hasse at 208-695-1556 or idahocare@yahoo.com or Tina Fisher at 208-230-2402 or tina@sheepdogammo.com, with your questions.  Send your letter to Patti Nitz, Planning and Zoning Administrator for Payette County, who suspiciously discussed Alma’s public records request with an industry attorney, through this form.

[10] New Plymouth Fuel Shipping Facility Approved (September 17, 2014 Independent-Enterprise)

[11] Alta Mesa Applications (Alma Hasse Dropbox)

[12] Hydrocarbon Transportation and Ancillary Processing (Protect Gem County)

GEM COUNTY ORDINANCE

Coincidentally (or not!) on the same September 11 evening, the Gem County Oil and Gas Ordinance Committee, developing local oil and gas rules, held an earlier scheduled special public workshop at the Gem County Courthouse in Emmett [13]. Citizens of Gem and Payette counties, typically united against oil and gas invasions, could not attend both meetings.  Those who did participate discussed and provided comments about the oil and gas ordinance, Idaho administrative code, Gem County citizen draft language for the ordinance, and other counties’ similar endeavors.  County residents concerned about gas production operations’ effects on ground and surface water posed questions to the meeting’s guest speaker, Michael Lewis, director of the U.S. Geological Survey Idaho Water Science Center in Boise [14].  The session concluded with suggested scheduling, topics, and inquiries for speakers at successive workshops.

[13] Special County Workshop (Protect Gem County)

[14] Lewis Named Director of USGS Idaho Water Science Center (April 16, 2012 U.S. Geological Survey)

BLM LANDS IN DRILLING POOL

In early September, good news emerged from southwestern Idaho gasland, thanks to the prudence of the nascent Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and thorough federal review processes [15, 16]. The commission rejected Alta Mesa’s request to exclude interspersed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and potential royalties to the state with their drilling, from among otherwise leased private lands in sections within a supposedly profitable natural gas field in southwestern Idaho.  This decision will likely stall Alta Mesa’s reckless lease-and-drill pace on private properties intermixed with these federal lands.  Although some gas development opponents assert that federal administrators violate people’s rights and trample public lands more than the state, and that constitutionally permitted authority over federal lands is constrained to certain capacities that will not obstruct gas development, most fractivists see this interim measure as a hopeful delay in the far-from-finished processes that destroy beautiful Idaho.

[15] Idaho Rejects Oil Company Request to Exclude Feds (September 4, 2014 Idaho Statesman)

[16] Application to Omit Lands that are Owned by the Federal Government 11-20-13 (November 20, 2013 Perkins and Trotter)

IDAHO AG-GAG LAWSUIT

Congratulations to Alma Hasse, Blair Koch, Will Potter, Sandpoint Vegetarians, and other plaintiffs challenging the illegal restrictions on whistleblowing free speech advanced by Idaho’s controversial “ag-gag” law, which could constrain public scrutiny of oil and gas activities on Idaho agricultural lands. On September 4, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise allowed their lawsuit to proceed against the state of Idaho, in the court case brought forward by a broad-based, public-interest coalition of non-profits and journalists, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Food Safety, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [17, 18].  The bill, Idaho Code 18-7042, signed into immediate effect in February 2014 by Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, would criminalize free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.  Judge Winmill’s ruling refused to grant the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in March 2014 in U.S. District Court in Idaho.  Inept state lawmakers and administrators striving to silence investigative activism and journalism and free speech are costing American and Idaho taxpayers millions of hard-earned dollars to defend this (and other!) indefensible laws that they have enacted with knowledge that the legislation cannot withstand legal challenges.

[17] Court Rules in Favor of Public Interest Coalition, Denies Idaho’s Motion to Dismiss Ag Gag Lawsuit (September 4, 2014 Animal Legal Defense Fund)

[18] Case 1:14-cv-00104-BLW Document 68 Memorandum Decision and Order (September 4, 2014 U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho)

SOUTHERN IDAHO NATURAL GAS PRICES

Apparently, the expansive “homegrown” energy that Governor Otter and the Idaho Legislature promised citizens and the natural gas price drop that industry ensured for Idaho consumers, as it brought natural gas wells online in southwestern Idaho, have not materialized. As working interest owners in the only active New Plymouth well, which is not producing as much gas as anticipated, Intermountain Gas representatives may have factored their losses into their request for natural gas rate increases in southern Idaho [19].  How can industry and government, who have cheated and lied to citizens, expect them to pay more for utilities affected by the bad decisions of corporations who only care about their bottom lines similarly bailed-out by Americans.  The free-market capitalism lauded by oil and gas development proponents would never condone such taxpayer handouts.

[19] Intermountain Gas Asks to Raise Prices to Meet Costs (September 5, 2014 Idaho Statesman)

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SUFFER

The rural people and local governments of Payette County, the first oil and gas sacrifice zone in Idaho, no thanks to local politicians’ blessings, can expect industry and higher government to ruin them. Although drillers say that they will not frack, they guaranteed that the Statehouse would allow this devastating practice.  Who is so recklessly willing to bet everything they value – health, safety, property values, and quality of life – on the word of such mercenaries?  The ultimate financial losers to an American fracking boom that may soon go bust are homeowners and local governments, as property values and property tax receipts near fracking operations can drop by 70 percent [20-22].  According to Doug Shields, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania instigator of the first U.S. fracking ban:

The shale gas market is an economic boon for the 30-odd states that permit fracking. The severance tax that states impose on the process adds up.  In 2010, it generated more than $11 billion.  The flow of that revenue goes straight into state and federal piggy banks, as does increased corporate income tax revenue from energy companies profiting from fracking.

Localities, however, enjoy no such benefits. Instead, they get stuck with all the fracking problems: noise from blasting, storage of toxic chemicals, degraded water sources, and heavy truck traffic, as well as the rising costs of cleaning up the detritus that fracking leaves behind.  North Dakota counties affected by hydraulic fracturing have reported to the state Department of Mineral Resources’ Oil and Gas Division that traffic, air pollution, jobsite and highway accidents, sexual assaults, bar fights, prostitution, and drunk driving have all increased.

In addition, fracking, in many cases, negatively impacts property values, which in turn depresses property tax revenue. For property owners who own the rights to the oil and gas on their lands, the effects of drilling can be offset by royalty payments.  But localities have no revenue offset if properties lose value.

[20] Fracking’s Financial Losers: Local Governments (September 2014 Governing)

[21] Fracking Losers: Local Government (September 14, 2014 No Fracking Way)

[22] The End of Fracking Is Closer Than You Think (September 8, 2014 Vice)


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Climate Justice Forum: Patrick Mazza 9-15-14

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 15:30

The Monday, September 15, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Patrick Mazza, a long-time Washington state climate activist, co-founder of Climate Solutions, and member of 350 Seattle and Rising Tide Seattle.  As one of five Northwest fossil fuels resisters who blockaded an oil train at an Everett rail yard on September 2, Patrick discusses climate change, direct action, and political pressure to resolve impasses.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


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Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:15

In this explosive 2013 sequel to his Oscar-nominated, movement-building film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox offers a deeper, broader perspective on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil occurring in 32 countries worldwide [1].  Gasland Part II reveals the high stakes on all sides of one of the most important environmental issues currently troubling our nation.  The documentary discloses the false industry portrayals of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil, as fracked wells inevitably leak toxic chemicals and the potent greenhouse gas, methane, over time.  To rush desperate development that contaminates water and air, threatens environmental and human health, harms families, animals, homes, and businesses, and endangers global climate, the powerful oil and gas industries undermine American democracy.  Join concerned Idahoans to ensure that people, not fossil fuel exploiters, decide the future of this country and protect Americans’ most basic rights.

Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE) and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) are hosting the Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show, providing community screenings across Idaho and plenty of updates about the current oil and gas situation in Idaho.  These free, public events encourage citizen comments on recently revised state oil and gas rules before and/or at a Wednesday, September 24 hearing [2, 3], as well as statewide participation in grassroots protests during the Global Frackdown on the Capitol steps in Boise on Saturday, October 11 [4, 5], and at Idaho Department of Lands offices on Wednesday, October 15, opposing another state lands and minerals lease auction [6].  As residents of Payette and surrounding counties and southeastern Idaho face impending fracking, knowledgeable activists are eager to discuss initiatives against oil and gas leasing, drilling, processing, and transporting in Idaho, with audience members at these scheduled tour stops:

Moscow: Monday, September 15, 7 pm, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street (hosted by Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

Sandpoint: Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 pm, East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street

Coeur d’Alene: Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 pm, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 East Front Avenue

McCall: Thursday, September 18, 6 pm, McCall Public Library, 218 East Park Street

Hailey: Friday, September 19, 3 pm, Hailey Public Library, 7 West Croy Street

Pocatello: Saturday, September 20, 12 noon, Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue

Boise: Sunday, September 21, 2 pm, Main (downtown) Boise Public Library Marion Bingham Room, 715 South Capitol Boulevard

Ontario, Oregon: Monday, September 22, 5:30 pm, Ontario Community Library, 388 SW Second Avenue

WIRT and IRAGE extend hearty thanks to everyone who has arranged and contributed toward these screenings, as we together work to mobilize Idaho communities against corporate/government dirty energy inroads into our state.  Over just the last year, WIRT has ventured to Oregon, Montana, and the southern and northern parts of Idaho four times each for various campaigns.  Such extensive travel across our vast region has cost thousands of volunteer dollars.  Please consider generously supporting this $500 road show through the “Donate to WIRT” button on the WIRT website or at the address on our facebook and website pages.  Help us promote these crucial presentations that organize greater fracking resistance by sharing this announcement, printing and widely posting the Gasland 2 Idaho Road Show Flyer, and participating in one of these community screenings and conversations.  Contact IRAGE and WIRT to learn more about these and other opportunities to stop fracking in Idaho [7].

[1] Gasland Part II (Josh Fox)

[2] Comments on Proposed Negotiated Idaho Oil and Gas Rules (August 1, 2014 Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction and Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[3] Oil and Gas: Rulemaking for IDAPA 20.07.02 Rules Pertaining to Conservation of Crude Oil and Natural Gas (2014 Idaho Department of Lands)

[4] Global Frackdown! in Boise 9-22-12 (September 24, 2012 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[5] Idaho Global Frackdown 2 10-19-13 (October 19, 2013 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[6] Idaho Gas Lease Auction Protest and Petition Report (April 17, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[7] Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction)


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Climate Justice Forum: Don Steinke 9-1-14

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:45

The Monday, September 1, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Don Steinke, a retired high school science teacher, member of Rising Tide, and a lead volunteer with the Sierra Club Beyond Coal and Oil Task Force in southwestern Washington.  Don will discuss the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, Northwest oil by rail, citizen resistance to these incursions, and their regional and global climate change impacts.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


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