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The Wild Idaho Rising Tide collective confronts the root causes of climate change by asserting direct actions and promoting locally organized solutions, in solidarity with frontline communities of resistance and an international, volunteer, grassroots network of activists.
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Inland NW Break Free Planning & Training Workshops

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 19:30

Through the ongoing participation of Northwest fossil fuels resisters in public events, hearings, marches, and media stories, we have clearly registered our opposition to the expansion of coal, oil, and gas infrastructure projects across the region. Accelerating impacts of climate change call for ever stronger messages and unified, non-violent, civilly disobedient, direct actions.  For months, Pacific Northwest organizers have been planning a Break Free from Fossil Fuels action, a mass 350.org and allied protest of two crude oil refineries at March Point near Anacortes, Washington, on May 13 to 15, 2016 (http://breakfreepnw.org/).  Please join us in risking arrest or supporting others as part of ongoing Northwest resistance to fossil fuels.

In late March 2016, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies promised hundreds of participants in well-attended screenings and panel discussions of the global climate activism documentary This Changes Everything in Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho, and at WIRT’s Fifth Annual Celebration in Moscow, that we intend to stage regional direct action and kayaktivist trainings before the Anacortes uprising.  Over the last month, we have incessantly requested that our western Oregon and Washington colleagues send trainers to the inland Northwest, to further recruit, mobilize, and prepare activists for the mid-May Break Free Pacific Northwest action.  After pouring years of energy into supporting opposition to Washington state fossil fuel infrastructure projects, we are understandably eager for some West Coast input toward receptive inland Northwest frontlines.

A small team of Oregon comrades generously proposed to travel to northern Idaho and eastern Washington and present several trainings on consecutive days, among a dozen similar workshops scheduled across the region. But considering the time and expense involved in providing guidance to predictably low Idaho turnouts, they decided to cancel their plans.

Unwilling to sacrifice our networks to the strong tendency to discount interior Northwest activism, due to low participation numbers, unnecessary competition and targeted suppression from larger groups, and the limited capacity of a few climate activism organizers dismissed by their communities as too radical or criminal, WIRT is now hosting three Break Free logistics planning and direct action training convergences. Although we would prefer to concentrate our efforts on local empowerment and resulting strong, relatively urgent actions like those against tar sands megaloads and Shell Arctic drilling armadas, not to mention volatile bomb trains and explosive gas facilities, please expand our work supporting this historic protest by attending these workshops:

* Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho

* Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm at the WIRT office, 301 North First Avenue in Sandpoint, Idaho

* Saturday, May 7, 4 pm at the Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 East Eleventh Avenue in Spokane, Washington

These free, local, three-hour training and planning sessions include:

* Personal grounding for direct actions

* Possible legal consequences of protests

* Knowing your rights

* Action roles and tactics

* Action planning and practice

* Travel and lodging logistics

WIRT welcomes your friends and families at these gatherings. Trainers and organizers will provide workshop materials, snacks, and beverages.  Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, and arrive on time.  We will share a wealth of information, and some of the participants will prepare to risk arrest in Anacortes.  Discussions will include transportation options for the action, considering van rental for the north Idahoans who signed up through breakfreepnw.org and caravans with groups traveling from Montana, Spokane, and southern Idaho.

After the Break Free demonstration, we are encouraging kayaktivist trainers to support with an advance workshop another attempted flotilla action around the Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge this summer, protesting a proposed second span. WIRT activists will continue to challenge Idahoans to exercise direct action against fossil fuels, knowing that the places where change is most difficult are exactly the places where it is most needed and capable of inspiring personal initiative.

For further information or answers to questions, please call, text, email, or facebook message WIRT through the enclosed contact channels, to discuss these opportunities. We would greatly appreciate your RSVP to these workshop invitations soon.  Alert us to any transportation issues that may complicate your attendance, so we can arrange ride-shares.  Please profusely print and post the linked, color PDF version of the Inland NW Break Free Workshops Flyer, and forward this event announcement to your comrades, inviting them to these well-anticipated workshops and to the thousands-strong Break Free action in mid-May.

In solidarity and gratitude for your ongoing activism,

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

WildIdahoRisingTide.org

Facebook.com/WildIdaho.RisingTide

Twitter.com/WildIdahoRT

208-301-8039


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

Moscow Renaissance Fair Queen Jeanne & King Fritz, KRFP Food Booth!

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:00
Congratulations to core Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists, friends, and founding musicians of the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band, Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr, whom the Moscow Renaissance Fair has selected as the 2016 Queen and King of this 43rd annual celebration of spring [1-3]!  Moscow area residents since 1980 and married almost 40 years, the royal couple have worked at Washington State University as teachers and researchers, played the melodica, tuba, and other instruments in the Peace Band, and performed with other ensembles.  They have devoted their exuberant energies over the years toward developing solar energy and educating youth about it, organizing “Ren Fair” events like the main parade, and effectively contributing through important roles toward various environmental and social justice groups and causes.  The monarchs declare: “We are so thrilled to preside over this year’s Moscow Renaissance Fair as King and Queen!  Let there be music and Spring and joy!” “King Fritz and Queen Jeanne decree that the weather this weekend will be gorgeous, and there will be peace, love, and happiness as we celebrate Spring!” Review the linked local articles, websites, and facebook pages for further information about the Ren Fair Queen and King, their long-overdue, well-deserved honor as one of the best royalty choices ever, and the free, public fair that runs from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, April 30, and from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, May 1, at East City Park, 900 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho.  The unique, regional, self-sustaining festival features live music and dancing, a new beer and wine garden, activities for children, and many craft vendors and non-profit food booths.

Please gather at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 30, around the East City Park entrance arch, near the corner of East Third and South Monroe streets, with Peace Band and WIRT members and admirers of Jeanne and Fritz and their myriad years of serving and working with the community.  Participate with optional, whimsically Spring costumes to support their lively grand entry and promenade in their official attire of lilac gown, burgundy outfit, and accompanying headgear.  Then applaud their royal awesomeness at the welcome ceremony of the King and Queen at the Peter Basoa Stage.  Visit Fritz and Jeanne throughout fair hours at their canvas throne room facing that stage in their wonderful realm, to bask in their benevolent reign and share and enjoy the fun! When you get hungry at the Moscow Renaissance Fair this weekend, head over to the KRFP Radio Free Moscow food booth offering meat and vegetable gyros and other delicious food and drinks!  WIRT activists are staffing food preparation and service shifts as Gyro Heroes at the stand, where you can support the volunteer, community station, progressive and free speech values, and even regional climate activist collective WIRT, by purchasing lunch or dinner or offering a generous donation.  WIRT gratefully hosts the Climate Justice Forum radio program on KRFP every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, covering continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to fossil fuel energy projects. All hail Queen Jeanne and King Fritz! [1] Royal Couple Readies for Ren Fair, April 28, 2016 Moscow-Pullman Daily News [2] Moscow Renaissance Fair, Moscow Renaissance Fair website [3] 43rd Annual Moscow Renaissance Fair, Moscow Renaissance Fair facebook event
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Royal Couple Readies for Ren Fair

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:30

Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr of rural Moscow will serve as the queen and king of the Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo).

43rd annual event adds beer and wine garden, new children’s activities

Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr of rural Moscow will serve as the queen and king of the Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Fritz Knorr and Jeanne McHale will serve as king and queen of the 43rd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday at East City Park.

The Moscow couple married nearly 40 years ago and both felt honored by their selection.

“We were thrilled to be asked,” said McHale, who works with Knorr in the department of chemistry at Washington State University.

Both are founding members of the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band and they often perform with other area ensembles, with Knorr playing the sousaphone and McHale on the melodica. The couple has also devoted great effort to educating area youth about solar energy and are involved in a variety of social and political causes.

The couple said they began attending the fair soon after arriving in Moscow in 1980, and they have played important roles in helping organize the event throughout the years. Knorr is listed as a main parade organizer this year.

“We live in a small town,” McHale said. “People do a whole lot. You can’t get away with not being involved.”

Royal couples are able to choose their own official attire to wear during the fair, and this year the queen will wear a lilac gown and king will don a burgundy outfit. McHale made her own shiny crown and Knorr was able to borrow headgear from a past king: Latah County Commissioner Tom Lamar.

New this year to the fair is a beer and wine garden, as well as a new offering for children where they create art that will be offered for sale.

Craft vendors have been the major source of funding for the event and the addition of beer and wine service is expected to help the fair’s nonprofit community group continue being the only self-sustaining festival of its kind in the region.

“Renaissance” in French means “rebirth,” so the fair is a way to celebrate spring, McHale said.

“This is a unique community event,” Knorr said. “And a chance for everyone to have some fun.”

Virtually all of the food booths are sponsored by other area nonprofits.

The Moscow Renaissance Fair runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Visit http://www.moscowrenfair.org for details.

(By Terri Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News)


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Stopping Coal & Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience 4-27-16

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:30

The Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide offers a recording of the free, public panel discussion Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience: Stories of Courage on the Front Lines of Climate Change, hosted by Direct Action Spokane on April 23 at Spokane Community College.  Featured speakers describing the motivations and logistics of direct confrontations of the perpetrators of catastrophic climate change include Ken Ward, 2013 lobster boat blockader of a coal barge and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, Mike LaPointe and Jackie Minchew, 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Dylan Thompson, an Eugene, Oregon organizer of Deep Green Resistance.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Regional Earth Week Events: Help WIRT with Outreach!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:15

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists are participating in several events this week, for which we are still seeking volunteers: Please join us!

Wednesday, April 20, 11 am – 3 pm:

Bike Fix & Sustainability Showcase

The University of Idaho (UI) Sustainability Center in Moscow, Idaho, is hosting Earth Fest 2016 events this week [1]. At the Spring 2016 Bike Fix and Sustainability Showcase, participants can receive free tune-ups and advice about their bicycles, while they learn about local cycling opportunities and campus and community organizations making a difference.  Meet us at the WIRT table on the UI Commons Plaza outside Einstein’s Coffee, to set-up early at 10:30 am, to distribute information and obtain pledges for the Break Free Northwest mass action in Anacortes in mid-May [2], to answer questions about WIRT campaigns, activities, and opportunities, and to interact with the university community.  WIRT will bring all of the necessary display and information supplies, to assist volunteers in successfully accommodating on-site visitors and closing by 4 pm.  Contact WIRT to pitch in!

[1] Love Your Earth: Earth Fest 2016, University of Idaho Sustainability Center

[2] Break Free: PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 pm:

Praxis Interview of Ken Ward on Climate Justice Forum

The Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide gratefully shares an April 18 on-air interview of Climate Disobedience Center co-founder and Greenpeace USA deputy director Ken Ward, by Praxis radio show host Taylor Weech on KYRS Spokane [2].  Their conversation explores the use of direct action and civil disobedience to address catastrophic climate change, to tackle the growth machine killing our only home, and to remain human among these morally strenuous tasks.  Ken and Taylor discuss his 2013 blockade of a coal barge with a lobster boat and Jay O’Hara, other direct actions, and his April 23 Spokane presentation with Jackie Minchew, of the 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Matt Fuller of the 2015 sHellNo! Arctic drilling protests.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

[3] Praxis 173: Ken Ward, Climate Disobedience and Direct Action, Praxis Radio

Friday, April 22:

Washington State University 2016 Earth Day Fair

WIRT volunteers still needed! The Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Environmental Sustainability Alliance are providing great opportunities on Earth Day to show the many ways that the people of the Palouse are working to address environmental issues [4].  They cordially invite interested student and community organizations to join them at the 2016 Washington State University (WSU) Earth Day Fair on the Glenn Terrell Mall of the WSU Pullman campus, to promote sustainability and environmental awareness and involvement.  Celebrating Earth Day outdoors on Friday, April 22, the annual event from 10 am to 2:30 pm offers free stickers, t-shirts, water bottles, and other handouts and approximately 30 reserved tables for groups leading special service projects, handing out food, and teaching ways to become more eco-friendly.  Table set-up occurs between 8:30 and 10 am, and break-down from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  The noon hour until 1 pm features an open mic for participants on the Todd Hall steps.

[4] WSU 2016 Earth Day Fair, ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance

Saturday, April 23:

Earth Day Spokane 2016

Bring your family and friends to honor the beautiful Earth at the public festival hosted by Earth Day Spokane, Dome Vizion, HeadyWorks, and The Lands Council, at Spokane Riverfront Park, 507 North Howard Street in Spokane [5-7]. On Saturday, April 23, between 10 am and 4:30 pm, you can visit and support community groups and businesses at their booths, enjoy some food, listen to live music played by numerous bands, join the Procession of the Species full of animal costumes and masks at 2:30 pm, and partake in other scheduled main events.  Later, check out Earth Night from 4:30 to 9 pm with more music, visuals, dancing, and an evening documentary at 8 pm in the Headyworks Dome.  Earth Day Spokane is coordinated by all grassroots, hard-working volunteers without a big budget.  It strives to raise environmental awareness, celebrate our planet and its natural resources, and promote sustainable, healthy living for people of all walks of life.  A WIRT volunteer is assisting our outreach at this event, but the more the merrier: contact us to help!

[5] Earth Day 2016 official website, Earth Day Spokane

[6] Earth Day 2016 facebook event, Earth Day Spokane

[7] Earth Day Spokane video, Dancing Crow Media

Saturday, April 23:

Stopping Coal & Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience

A great way to celebrate Earth Day, please plan to attend and circulate the linked flyer and news of this free, public event, Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience: Stories of Courage on the Front Lines of Climate Change, hosted by Direct Action Spokane at 7 pm on Saturday, April 23, in the Lair Student Center of Spokane Community College, 1810 North Greene Street in Spokane [8, 9].  Featured speakers include Ken Ward, lobster boat blockader of a coal barge and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center [10, 11], Jackie Minchew, a Delta 5 oil train blockader [12], and Matt Fuller, a sHellNo! Arctic drilling ship anchor chain occupier [13].  Contact Direct Action Spokane for further information at info@directactionspokane.org or see the website directactionspokane.org.

[8] Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience, Direct Action Spokane

[9] Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience, WIRT facebook post

[10] Lobster Boat Blockade: The Action, Lobster Boat Blockade

[11] Climate Disobedience Center, Climate Disobedience Center

[12] Stand with the Delta 5, Delta 5

[13] #ShellNo Activists Have Been Attached to a Shell Arctic Vessel’s Anchor Chain in Bellingham Since Last Night, May 23, 2015 The Stranger


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Climate Justice Forum: Ken Ward 4-20-16

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:15
The Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide gratefully shares an April 18 on-air interview of Climate Disobedience Center co-founder and Greenpeace USA deputy director Ken Ward, by Praxis radio show host Taylor Weech on KYRS Spokane.  Their conversation explores the use of direct action and civil disobedience to address catastrophic climate change, to tackle the growth machine killing our only home, and to remain human among these morally strenuous tasks.  Ken and Taylor discuss his 2013 blockade of a coal barge with a lobster boat and Jay O’Hara, other direct actions, and his April 23 Spokane presentation with Jackie Minchew, of the 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Matt Fuller of the 2015 sHellNo! Arctic drilling protests.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Climate Justice Forum: Port of Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease, Youth Climate Change Lawsuit, & Earth Week Events 4-13-16

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:04
The Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the Port of Vancouver Commission hearing on a Tesoro Savage oil terminal lease amendment, a federal court decision allowing a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 youths to proceed, and upcoming Earth Week events including a WIRT Sandpoint office-warming party, Earth Day Spokane 2016, and a panel discussion about civil disobedience against coal and oil trains.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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April 13-14: Bill McKibben at WSU, May 13-15: Anacortes Break Free Action!

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:00

April 13-14: Bill McKibben at WSU

Climate movement leader, educator, and author Bill McKibben is speaking twice for Humanities Week at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman [1]. In the wake of well-attended screenings and panel discussions of the global climate activism documentary This Changes Everything in Moscow and Sandpoint in late March, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and regional allies anticipate that McKibben can further mobilize inland Northwest residents to participate in the 350.org-initiated Break Free from Fossil Fuels mass action in Anacortes, Washington, in mid-May [2]. WIRT is calling on you and all volunteers to assist with distributing the attached quarter-sheet flyers outside both WSU events, to recruit more involvement in the already hundreds-strong Break Free Pacific Northwest demonstration of fossil fuel resistance: Please contact WIRT if you can help.

April 13: Humanities Week keynote address: ‘The Human Element in Nature: From Harm to Hope’ at 5:30 pm on Wednesday in the CUB senior ballroom

April 14: Foley Institute Coffee and Politics talk: ‘Report from the Front Lines of Climate Change’ at noon on Thursday in Bryan Hall 308

May 13-15: Anacortes Break Free Action

“We are in a kind of climate emergency now,” struggling to stay below 1.5°C of warming, to avoid radical climate destabilization [3]. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal: We are barreling towards double that temperature, leaving us with a broken world. This has to change, and we have to lead: We have to Break Free from Fossil Fuels! [4] This global climate movement initiative aims to shut down the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects and support the most ambitious climate solutions.

In the Northwest, we are breaking free by taking on the region’s biggest carbon bomb: the Shell and Tesoro refineries at March Point in northern Washington. Combined, these facilities refine 47 percent of all the gasoline and diesel consumed in the region, and produce the largest, unaddressed point source of carbon pollution in the Northwest. They are an integral part of the system that we must change – within years, not decades.

Join us for regional mobilization and a mass action outside these refineries on May 13, 14, and 15, to demand that we Break Free from Big Oil and speed up a just transition to 100 percent renewable energy. By land and by sea, we will stage creative and inspirational sit-ins, blockades, and kayaktivism. For people who prefer to not engage in civil disobedience, support roles and general opportunities for participation are essential to this action. WIRT and allied carpoolers, caravaners, and protesters risking arrest or not are traveling from Missoula, Sandpoint, and Spokane to Anacortes for this Break Free Pacific Northwest mass action.

We hope that you can play a part in this powerful movement moment. Plans are coming together quickly: In just the last month, 600 people have signed the pledge, 200 are willing to engage in civil disobedience on the sea or land, and 30 groups have joined as coalition members. After you sign up, could you share Break Free PNW on facebook? [5] Copy this text or write your own: “We have to stay below 1.5°C of warming, to avoid radical climate destabilization. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal.”

Break Free from Fossil Fuels is about more than one action. It is about accelerating our movement to take on and defeat the fossil fuel industry and the political powers behind it. It is time to shift the public narrative off fossil fuels to the possibilities, necessity, and urgency of a rapid and just energy transition. We encourage you to join us, as we together #breakfree!

[1] April 8-14 Humanities Week: Human Impact on Nature, March 28, 2016 Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences

[2] Bill McKibben: It’s Time to Break Free from Fossil Fuels, April 8, 2016 Ecowatch

[3] NASA Drops Major Bomb in ‘March Toward Ever-Warmer Planet’, March 14, 2016 Common Dreams

[4] Break Free: PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest

[5] Break Free PNW #KeepItInTheGround #BreakFree, Break Free Pacific Northwest


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Categories: Climate Change

End the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Lease!

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:20

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Port of Vancouver Commissioners are conducting another public hearing [1].  The lease for the largest crude oil-by-rail transfer, storage, and shipping terminal in North America – Vancouver Energy proposed by Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies for Vancouver, Washington – expires on August 1.  But Vancouver Energy proponents are requesting, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway is supporting (and attending the hearing), and the Port Commissioners are considering a lease amendment extending the government approval contingency period of the lease by two years and providing an additional 30 months to resolve any approval appeals, decreasing higher monthly rent after August 1, foregoing operation of a second Tesoro Savage oil facility at the port, and allowing port use of Vancouver Energy premises during the extended contingency period [2].

Initially approving the Vancouver Energy lease in 2013, the Commissioners assumed that the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) would complete its project review within 12 months per state law. In its third year of this arduous process, complicated and prolonged by widespread public resistance, Vancouver Energy has not obtained the government approvals necessary to build the terminal, as required by its Port of Vancouver lease.  The terms of the original lease, which the Commissioners wisely negotiated and Vancouver Energy accepted, include the option for both parties to terminate the lease on or before August 1 “without further cost or obligation.”  The Port Commissioners must decide by August whether they will use this critical opportunity to end the Tesoro Savage lease and thus lead the Northwest and the nation towards a clean, independent, and secure energy future.  Otherwise, they lose this option.

Last Wednesday, April 6, Port of Vancouver staff significantly recommended against extending the Vancouver Energy lease; they will present their objections at the April 12 Port Commission meeting.  Reconvening its April 12 regular meeting at 1 pm on Friday, April 15, at the Port’s administrative office, the Board of Commissioners will consider and likely take action on the lease amendment, without further on-site public comments.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Port Commissioners need to know and understand that the region supports their positive, strong action to terminate the lease for the dangerous, dead-end Tesoro Savage project. Such encouragement must come from local and up-track community residents, tribal members, labor representatives, health professionals, firefighting and emergency personnel, business people, elected officials, faith leaders, and climate activists.  Vancouver Energy oil terminal opponents of every perspective have packed each hearing to date and must again assert their concerns before Friday.

Please comment in-person or online about the proposed Port of Vancouver lease amendment requested by Tesoro and Savage for their Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal!  Ask the Port Commissioners to end the lease by August 1, as terminal proponents will not have acquired all of the necessary approvals by then to continue their joint venture.  Explain how crude oil trains increasingly expose you and your family, friends, community, and environment to unnecessary risks and climate change that the Commissioners can help us all to avert.

For sample discussion points for your comments to the Port of Vancouver Commissioners, draw from these ideas and visit the Stand Up to Oil and Columbia Riverkeeper websites [3, 4]:

* The controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal proposal and associated trains pose well-known, unacceptable risks to communities and environments from the Bakken shale fields and Alberta tar sands to the Port of Vancouver.  These potentially explosive trains would devastate public and environmental health and safety, air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and vulnerable species, if they derailed.

* The Tesoro Savage oil terminal proposal faces expanding resistance and uncertainty of government approval. Through written and oral comments in 2016 alone, over 289,000 people strongly urged Washington’s EFSEC to deny recommendation of the project to decision-maker Governor Inslee.  The Port Commission has ample citizen-offered information to reach a defensible decision rejecting the Vancouver Energy lease amendment and lease by August 1.

* The clear relinquishment terms of the Vancouver Energy lease provide the Port Commissioners with a great opportunity to show vision and exercise leadership by terminating the lease. Communities impacted or jeopardized by oil trains, ships, refineries, and other facilities across the Northwest and along the West Coast would broadly appreciate and support such a decision.

* The Port of Vancouver could seek better opportunities than assisting the financially vulnerable oil industry and declining world oil market.  Maintaining a lease for a proposed oil terminal with decreasing economic feasibility and dwindling probabilities of securing government approval and generating employment could cost the Port lost alternative opportunities.

Alert your associates to attend this Port hearing, and participate between 9:30 am and 9 pm or until the last speaker on Tuesday, April 12. The doors to the Gaiser Student Center in Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, open at 8 am for the regular Commission meeting, followed by spoken public testimony throughout the day and evening, selected by lottery from tickets available until 7 pm.

Send your written input, urging rejection of the Vancouver Energy lease amendment and termination of the lease, to Commissioners Eric LaBrant, Jerry Oliver, and Brian Wolfe via email at povcommissioners@portvanusa.com, by mail at Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660, or by phone with contact information from the Port office at 360-693-3611.  Thanks!

[1] Port Staff: Don’t Renegotiate Oil Terminal Contract, April 6, 2016 The Columbian

[2] Port of Vancouver to Recommend Board of Commissioners Decline Vancouver Energy Lease Amendment, April 6, 2016 Port of Vancouver USA

[3] Port of Vancouver: End the Oil Lease. We’ll Stand with You., undated Columbia Riverkeeper

[4] Tell the Port of Vancouver: End the Oil Lease!, undated Stand Up to Oil


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Banished Northwest Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects 4-6-13

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:57

The Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses proposed new and expansion fossil fuel infrastructure projects on the Columbia River and Oregon and Washington coasts that regional resistance has stalled and stopped, including two Grays Harbor, Washington crude oil terminals and the Gateway Pacific coal export facility at Cherry Point, Washington.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: Henry Willard, Jeanne McHale, & Eric Molina 3-30-16

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:00

The Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes in the KRFP studio Henry Willard and core WIRT activist Jeanne McHale, of the Moscow blues-based rock and roll band Henry C and the Willards, and Eric Molina of the Pullman seven-piece, reggae/ska band Landrace, composed of Washington State University jazz students.  Both bands and nationally acclaimed folk musician Ivy Ross Ricci are playing a benefit concert for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide this Saturday, April 2, between 7 pm and 12 midnight in the 1912 Center Great Room in Moscow.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 20:30

April 2 anniversary concert benefits climate activist collective

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is celebrating its March 31 fifth anniversary as a dedicated, regional, climate activist collective that confronts the root causes and perpetrators of climate change through direct actions and locally organized solutions. We invite and welcome everyone to share this milestone at the Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide, a benefit concert provided by three bands along with WIRT-hosted potluck dinner and desert, beer and wine for purchase, dozens of silent auction items donated by community members and businesses, and a background slide show of WIRT demonstrations and initiatives.  This yearly fundraising party offers some radical revelry for participants supporting relentless, volunteer WIRT activism among and in solidarity with frontline communities of fossil fuel resistance and an international, grassroots network of activists.

WIRT’s amazing members, friends, and allies eagerly anticipate a lively musical and social gathering between 7 pm and 12 midnight on Saturday, April 2, in the 1912 Center Great Room at 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho. For $5 or greater voluntary admission donations, with no one turned away, please join dirty energy resisters for a well-deserved, reinvigorating, wild evening full of shared camaraderie, spirited conversation, exuberant dancing, good food and drink, and live music played by these remarkable visiting and resident songwriters and performers:

* Ivy Ross Ricci is a nationally acclaimed folk musician, yoga instructor, and youth development activist, whose music, infused with joy and humor, seeks liberation for all living things from capitalist constructs currently wreaking global havoc on myriad hearts and homes.  Her songs, practices, and service strategically integrate philosophy, poetry, storytelling, and a radical understanding of human potential.  As co-founder of the Keepers of Wonder movement, Ivy is encouraging artists and youth of all ages to strive to keep the world magical and to counter harmful, mainstream media images and standards of beauty with creative, critical thought and profound self-love and acceptance within a vibrant and caring culture.  Her opening, solo set of original songs employs guitar, ukulele, voice, and thought-provoking lyrics written by Ivy and her husband Joel, who currently caretake Andriette’s Bed Book and Bicycle in Moscow.

Ivy Ross Ricci facebook page

* Henry C and the Willards is Moscow’s blues-based rock and roll band that loves to incite dancing and make people feel good with their original and classic tunes.  An integral part of two previous WIRT annual celebrations, the band features Henry Willard on guitar, dobro, and harmonica, Jeanne McHale on piano and vocals, Doug Park on bass and mandolin, Nels Peterson on drums, and Donna Holmes on percussion and vocals.  Initially formed to play for a September 2012 birthday party, Willards members have performed with Kelley Riley, Charlie Sutton, The Hot Flashes, and other musicians.  For this momentous occasion, they have been practicing the WIRT anthem, The Tide is Rising, originally composed and performed by Roy Zimmerman.

Henry C and the Willards website

* Landrace is a Pullman-based, seven-piece, reggae/ska band of Washington State University jazz students covering dozens of tunes in Spanish and English from Argentina, Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.  Band members include Eric Molina on sax and lead vocals, David Ward on drums, Jacob Schuler on trumpet and vocals, King Richard on trombone and vocals, Andrew Dodge on guitar, and Carson Linklater on vocals.  Landrace performs favorites drawn from Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bob Marley, Streetlight Manifesto, The Skatalites, and others.

Landrace facebook page

Do not miss this upcoming opportunity to connect and contribute physically and fiscally toward the passionate climate justice movement in Idaho. Through this convergence, courageous WIRT challengers of the government, corporate, and industrial sources of climate chaos hope to further attract and integrate youth involvement and cross-cultural diversity into activism.  WIRT offers our hearty thanks to core WIRT activist Jeanne McHale, for co-coordinating the multiple entertainment and publicity aspects of this event.  For further information and/or to assist with preparing and staging WIRT’s fifth anniversary party, please visit the WIRT website and facebook pages, contact WIRT via email, phone, or facebook message, and print and post the attached, color Fifth Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer.  Thanks!


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Feds Choose Easternmost Route for U.S. Highway 95 Realignment

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:02

In spite of years-long efforts to persuade transportation officials not to realign U.S. Highway 95 from Moscow to Thorncreek Road over Paradise Ridge and through an untouched area of the Palouse Prairie, the federal Record of Decision was signed this week verifying the choice to do just that.

“It’s a great day for the public,” said Ken Helm, project manager for the Idaho Transportation Department.

The Idaho Transportation Board gave the project design approval today and ITD expects the filing in the National Register of the project’s 150-day statute of limitations to occur next week, Helm said.

“It’s kind of what we expected,” Steve Flint, one of the board members of the Palouse Ridge Defense Coalition, said about what the group considers a disappointing choice.

In 2003, the coalition and other groups successfully argued the ITD failed to adequately examine the environmental effects of its plans for U.S. Highway 95, and a judge ordered a full environmental impact statement process be completed.

Last year, the group announced it was willing to take legal action based on the latest project documents, specifically the FEIS, if they appeared inadequate.

ITD describes the selected route, referred to as E-2, as following the current U.S. Highway 95 from Thorncreek Road north to the top of Reisenauer Hill, before realignment eastward. It would then reconnect to the existing highway near the grain elevators located south of Moscow.

Flint and others concerned about E-2’s potential effects wanted officials to choose the route named C-3, which would run just east of the current highway.

The coalition and some government agencies, including Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said during earlier planning phases they preferred the C-3 route to protect the prairie’s varieties of vegetation and wildlife inhabitants.

Flint said he hadn’t had a chance to review the latest document announcing the choice of the E-2 route.

“We’re pretty much going to have to look at it before we formulate any plans,” Flint said. “We have to see how the Record addresses or ignores our concerns.”

Those concerns are about the Palouse Prairie, a nationally recognized critically endangered ecosystem, according to the U.S. Department of Interior.

Also frequently cited by the coalition are losses of wildlife, wetlands, farmland and conservation reserve; and removal of acres of pine stands and related habitat. It also would cause more noise, have a wider visual impact and not be the safest for travel because it is at a higher elevation than other routes, the coalition contends.

Helm said the EIS for the project was started in 2004.

Realignment work on the highway was completed from Genesee to Thorncreek in 2007, he said.

Next for ITD is to do final design and rights-of-way planning, with a goal of putting the project up to bid by fall 2017.

“We anticipate it taking a couple of seasons to do,” Helm said, adding that would mean possible completion of the realignment in 2019.

Improving the 6-mile stretch of highway was originally slated to be finished in 2008 or 2009.

Though the E-2 route has been estimated to cost up to $48 million, more preliminary work would have to be completed for an updated estimate.

(By Terri Harber, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News)


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This Changes Everything Screenings & Panel Discussions in Moscow & Sandpoint

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 21:30

Several grassroots, northern Idaho groups are co-hosting screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, March 29, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, and at 7 pm on the following evening, Wednesday, March 30, in the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint [1, 2].  Inspired by Naomi Klein’s fourth, September 2014, internationally bestselling, non-fiction book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate, this independent, environmental documentary directed by Avi Lewis asks, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”

The provocative, compelling, 2015 film aims to empower, not scare, moviegoers into answering its call to action. Accessible to even the most climate change-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything refreshes and inspires, as it reflects on the kinds of relationships and lives we have and envision, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all.

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents during four years, This Changes Everything explores and re-imagines the epic, vast challenge of climate change.  It presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the frontlines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of south India to Beijing and beyond.  Naomi Klein’s narration interweaves these stories of struggle: “I’ve spent six years wandering through the wreckage caused by the carbon in the air, and the economic system that put it there.”

During 90 minutes, viewers meet Crystal, a young Beaver Lake Cree Nation leader in Alberta tar sands country, as she fights for access to a restricted military base, in search of answers about an environmental disaster in progress. Crystal explains that “People are starting to realize that this is no longer an Indian problem, and that’s the good thing, because they’re starting to realize that, if you drink water and you breathe air, this is about you.”

Audiences also encounter Mike and Alexis, a Montana goat ranching couple who watch a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River coat their dreams in oil. They respond by organizing against fossil fuel extraction in their beloved Powder River Basin, and forming a new alliance with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.

Throughout the movie, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: That we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed capitalist economies into something radically better. Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth observes that, “When you see communities who are thrown into the frontline, they become stronger.  They stand up.  And you think, ‘Isn’t this incredible?  Isn’t this the society we want?’”

Panel discussions featuring regional indigenous, climate, and conservation activists and educators follow both public screenings supported by admission donations. At the first event in Moscow, co-sponsored by Great Old Broads for Wilderness Palouse Broadband, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, Palouse Peace Coalition, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse Green Sanctuary, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), confirmed speakers include Shelley Spalding, the Western Washington broadband leader of Great Old Broads for Wilderness introducing the documentary, and panelists Laura Ackerman of The Lands Council in Spokane, Washington, James Blakely of 350 and Greenpeace, Nez Perce anti-Keystone XL/megaload activist Gary Dorr, and other potential panelists.

At the second show in Sandpoint, 350 Sandpoint, Idaho Mythweaver, Panida Theater, and WIRT co-host Laura Ackerman, who works on fossil fuel transport issues for The Lands Council in Spokane, Washington. As an executive committee member of the Stand Up to Oil coalition keeping coal and oil in the ground, Laura will give an overview of oil and coal transportation in the inland Northwest.

Encouraging climate activism, both events provide snacks, beverages, and opportunities for hundreds of audience members to network with thousands of Northwest volunteers involved in the global fossil fuel resistance movement. Event organizers invite and welcome community participation in locally created, frontline demonstrations and solutions addressing the climate crisis, such as upcoming Break Free direct action workshops, kayaktivist trainings, and nonviolent actions supported by 350, Rising Tide, and diverse allied organizations this May 2016 [3, 4].

[1] This Changes Everything: The Film, This Changes Everything

[2] This Changes Everything: U.S. Trailer, August 27, 2015 This Changes Everything

[3] Break Free: PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest website

[4] Break Free PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest facebook community


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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Industry Meltdown, Sanders Rallies & Wins, Northwest Break Free Events 3-23-16

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:00
The Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses Idaho oil and gas legislation, resistance, and industry melt-down, Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign rallies and victories in Idaho, Utah, and Spokane, the fifth annual WIRT celebration, and upcoming documentaries, workshops, and demonstrations supporting a massive Northwest Break Free direct action in Anacortes, Washington, this May.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Climate Justice Forum: Jordan Cove LNG Port, Pacific Connector Pipeline, Otter Creek Coal Mine, & Atlantic Oil Drilling Stopped! 3-16-16

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:00
The Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denial of the Pacific Connector pipeline across southern Oregon and the associated Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, Arch Coal withdrawal of its applications to mine Powder River Basin coal at Otter Creek, Montana, the Obama administration ban of drilling on the Atlantic U.S. coast, Idaho citizen resistance to Senate Bill 1339 approval by Governor Otter, and the Northwest Break Free mass action in Anacortes, Washington, this May.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Climate Justice Forum: Matthew Fuller, Presidential Candidate Energy Positions, & Idaho Senate Bill 1339 3-9-16

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 11:00

The Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features an interview with Matthew Fuller, who occupied the anchor chain of a Shell Arctic drilling support ship with Chiara D’Angelo during Memorial Day weekend 2015.  Matthew talks about his blockade experience and associated Coast Guard hearings using the climate change necessity defense. The show also discusses and airs footage of Democrat presidential candidate positions on dirty energy and Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and its public resistance. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Monday Oil & Gas Talk & Idaho House Vote

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 22:50

Calvin Tillman in Boise

On Monday, March 7, at 6:30 pm, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) is hosting a talk/presentation by the former mayor of Dish, Texas, Calvin Tillman, entitled How Will Oil and Gas Activity Change Your Community?, at the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol, 700 West Jefferson Street in Boise, Idaho [1, 2]. Currently an Aubrey, Texas, city council member, Mr. Tillman will share his years of direct experience with oil and gas development, as an elected official and impacted father and homeowner.  Please see the attached flyer for further information about this event that Idaho Public Television will livestream at this link, for Idahoans and friends to watch it on their computers [3].

Stop S1339 in the Idaho House

The full Idaho House of Representatives has delayed voting on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339), the industry-promoted law that would expedite oil and gas development permits, reduce opportunities for public input and appeals, further advance forced pooling and leasing of unwilling mineral interests owners, and thus compromise private property rights, not to mention more essential human rights to healthful air, water, and soil [4]. Please comment to your legislators and all House members before their probable full chamber vote on S1339 on Monday, March 7.  See the last two Wild Idaho Rising Tide alerts on this issue, for further information and talking points [5, 6], and call 208-332-1000 or 800-626-0471 and/or email lawmakers at these listed addresses [7].  S1339 will affect all the citizens of Idaho and their rights to defend themselves from oil and gas development invasions.

Thanks for all you do to oppose dirty energy!

[1] How Will Oil and Gas Activity Change Your Community?, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability

[2] Calvin Tillman website, Calvin Tillman

[3] Idaho in Session: Lincoln Auditorium, Idaho Public Television

[4] Senate Bill 1339 (text), March 6, 2016 Idaho Legislature

[5] Friday Oil and Gas Bill Hearing and Monday Boise Protest/Carpools, February 18, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[6] Friday: Tell Idaho Representatives to Vote No on Senate Bill 1339!, March 4, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[7] Alert! SB1339 is Being Heard Tomorrow…, February 29, 2016 Alma Hasse


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Friday: Tell Idaho Representatives to Vote No on Senate Bill 1339!

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:45

On Friday, March 4, at an unknown time, the full Idaho House of Representatives will hold the final vote on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339) [1, 2]. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee passed S1339 to the Senate floor on Friday, February 19, after an Alta Mesa oil and gas company attorney pushed for bill hearing closure, before all of the subsequently angry citizens present could testify.  Only Democrat committee member Michelle Stennett voted against this bill that, if passed by the Idaho Legislature and codified as an emergency law by Governor Otter’s signature, would expedite Idaho oil and gas development permitting procedures and further severely limit due process, associated public input and appeals, and information available to citizens, some forced to develop their mineral interests and most concerned about fossil fuel project impacts to private and public lands, water, air, and property rights [3-5].

According to Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise, “after a two-hour debate, the Idaho Senate voted 31-4 in favor of SB 1339, a controversial proposal to streamline the process for issuing permits for oil and gas wells. The bill drew close to 100 people to an earlier hearing, most of them opposed…The bill now moves to the House side.  The Senate vote came just after 6:30 p.m. Boise time, half an hour after the Senate had been scheduled to conclude its late-afternoon session, which started at 4:30.  It was the only bill taken up.” [6]  On Tuesday, March 1, the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee held a hearing on this industry-promoted bill and passed S1339 on a two-to-one ratio [7].  Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) emailed letters of opposition to both Senate and House committees.

Meanwhile, on Monday, February 22, over 150 citizens participated in a rally on the Capitol steps in Boise, protesting the bill and oil and gas industry and infrastructure abuses of Idaho citizen health, private property rights, and essential air, water, and soil quality, at the Don’t Frack Idaho Statehouse Rally, hosted by Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability [8-12]. Organizing protests and rallies against oil and gas development around the state since 2012, WIRT activists are grateful that more than a few dozen Idahoans are finally displaying widespread resistance.

If the Idaho legislature could possibly defend your interests, please contact all of the state representatives, to oppose full Idaho House floor passage of S1339. See the comprehensive list of representative email addresses at citation 7 and talking point suggestions at the following links [13, 14].  NOW is your last chance to write to or call them on this issue, urging them to vote against this legislation that forces oil and gas development on unwilling land and mineral rights owners and that dismisses the public’s best interests and participation in permitting decisions.  Thank you!

[1] Senate Bill 1339 (text), March 3, 2016 Idaho Legislature

[2] Bill Status: S1339 – Idaho Legislature, March 3, 2016 Idaho Legislature

[3] All Idahoans’ Property Rights Are Under Attack! February 19, 2016 Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability video

[4] Forced Pooling Gas Leases, February 19, 2016 KRFP Evening Report

[5] Oil, Gas Bill Heads to Senate Floor, February 24, 2016 Independent-Enterprise

[6] Senate Passes Oil/Gas Bill after Two-Hour Debate, February 25, 2015 Spokesman-Review

[7] Alert! SB1339 is Being Heard Tomorrow…, February 29, 2016 Alma Hasse

[8] 2/22/16 Don’t Frack Idaho Rally, February 22, 2016 Gary O. Grimm photos

[9] Fracking Protest at Idaho Capitol, February 22, 2016 Idaho News on Demand

[10] More Than 100 People Protest Idaho Bill at Statehouse Over Fracking Concerns, February 23, 2016 Boise Weekly

[11] Environmental Group Critiques Bill in Idaho Legislature on Gas Production, February 23, 2016 Boise State Public Radio

[12] Fracking Opponents Say Idaho Pols Want to Give Tax Money to Big Oil, February 25, 2016 Courthouse News Service

[13] My Email to the Full House…, March 2, 2016 Alma Hasse

[14] Friday Oil and Gas Bill Hearing and Monday Boise Protest/Carpools, February 18, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide


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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Bill & Protest, Shell Arctic Drilling Blockader Hearings 3-2-16

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:52

The Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses upcoming, regional, climate activism opportunities, Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and resistance to its restricted public participation processes, and Coast Guard hearings employing the climate change necessity defense of Shell Arctic drilling ship blockaders.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

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