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Climate Justice Forum: Delta 5 Oil Train Blockaders Abby Brockway & Mike Lapointe 2-3-16

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00

The Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockaders and jury trial defendants Abby Brockway and Mike Lapointe, who locked down to a tripod in an Everett, Washington rail yard all day on September 2, 2014.  Abby and Mike will talk about the motivations and logistics of their heroic direct action, the testimony, verdict, and aftermath of their precedent-setting, week-long, court hearing, and how grassroots, frontline, rail corridor residents can emulate their protests of climate-wrecking, life-threatening, fossil fuel transportation in the Northwest.  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 resistance 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: Oil-by-Rail Decline, Coal Lease Moratorium, Climate-Changed Blizzard 1-27-16

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:00

The Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the decline of oil-by-rail and oil and gas development funding, the East Coast blizzard worsened by climate change, a federal moratorium on coal leasing of public lands, a blockade of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline terminal test drilling, and other breaking fossil fuel resistance news.  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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WIRT Comments on Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 00:25

January 22, 2016

Sonia Bumpus, EFS Specialist, & EFSEC Members

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC)

State of Washington

1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW

P.O. Box 43172

Olympia, Washington 98504-3172

sbumpus@utc.wa.gov

Sent via email and attachment

WIRT Comments on Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Members of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council,

On behalf of over 3200 members, friends, and allies of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), including potentially impacted, concerned north Idaho residents near the proposed and existing rail routes affected by this proposal, I respectfully offer and request inclusion in the public record of these comments regarding the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), during the public agency and citizen review period from November 24, 2015, until January 22, 2016 [1]. WIRT and associates collectively object to state permitting of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal planned for the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which would impart myriad, significant risks and only marginal rewards for communities along the rail tracks and bridges, rivers, and lakes of Tesoro’s and Savage’s profitable thoroughfare to crude oil export.  In support of this official letter of resistance to Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) approval of this application and resulting, destructive, implementation activities, we thoroughly concur with, contribute toward, and incorporate the concerns, oral testimony, and comments of all project opponents.

The Tesoro and Savage corporations intend to build the biggest crude-oil-by-rail terminal in the U.S. at the Port of Vancouver, potentially transferring an estimated 360,000 barrels per day of explosive Bakken shale oil and volatile Alberta diluted bitumen (tar sands) to tank farms across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and to huge, ocean-going oil tankers shipping it to West Coast refineries and the world market [2]. Inevitable, disastrous, consequent oil spills into river, lake, or sea waters along rail and ocean routes, especially releases of thick tar sands oil that sinks to the bottom of waterways, would devastate local and regional waters and environments, fisheries, tribal lifeways, communities, and economies.

While moving enormous volumes of oil that ultimately impact our shared global climate, the Tesoro Savage facility would also increase the risk of fiery oil train accidents in countless communities along Northwest rail lines, from the Hi-Line around U.S. Highway 2 in Montana, to U.S. Highway 95 corridor towns from Bonners Ferry to Rathdrum in northern Idaho, to the dangerously elevated bridge and track funnels through the Sandpoint, Idaho area and downtown Spokane, Washington, to the Columbia River Gorge between eastern Oregon and Washington, to Vancouver [3, 4]. Every day, the huge oil terminal would bring four or more 100-car, mile-long trains toward the West Coast, hauling flammable cargo through climate-change-drying forests, increasingly dense cities, and ever more precious water bodies.  Public officials and emergency responders across the Northwest have raised concerns about the severe threats of oil train derailments, explosions, and pollution, as such incidents continually proliferate [5-7].

Many WIRT and allied group members who carpooled from Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, participated in the regional community rally of terminal opponents and orally testified at the public hearing on the project’s DEIS, hosted by EFSEC on Thursday evening, January 14, 2016, in Spokane Valley, Washington [8-10]. These activists spoke against the Tesoro Savage proposal, the deficiencies of its DEIS findings, greater hazards imposed by this massive project of significant oil spills, air pollution, loaded train derailments, explosions, fires, and accidents causing numerous injuries and deaths, increased rail and waterway traffic of oil tankers, harm to federally protected salmonids and aquatic species, detrimental effects on tribal treaties, cultures, and resources, susceptibility of the facility to earthquakes, more and longer vehicle delays at railroad crossings, and overall exacerbation of climate change [11].  These myriad, significant, environmental, social, and human health harms cannot be fully mitigated by the project proponents or local, state, and federal agencies.  Moreover, the project DEIS does not even consider the predictable potential impacts of this oil terminal beyond Washington state.

Northwesterners have successfully delayed, re-routed, and/or stopped similar fossil fuel infrastructure plans over the last five years, most notably tar sands mining and refining megaloads, coal export terminals, and just this month, a Grays Harbor oil terminal [12]. Faced with a flood of proposed coal, oil, tar sands, and liquefied natural gas terminals in the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of concerned citizens have attended hearings to tell EFSEC decision-makers no [13].  Native nations, civic groups, neighborhood associations, faith and business leaders, health and emergency professionals, firefighters, longshoremen, environmental organizations, grassroots conservation and climate activists, and other amazing, local heroes among a coalition of Northwest groups, as well as the cities of Portland, Sandpoint, Spokane, and Vancouver, have together formally opposed and delayed nine fossil fuel terminals and stopped nine others in Oregon and Washington.

Contrary to the mandates of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the DEIS insufficiently provides the basis for rational public and agency evaluation and decisions about this project’s predictable adverse impacts, questionable benefits, and un- or under-explored alternatives for energy development. The huge document contains numerous deficiencies, including inaccuracies, misstatements, and errors, as well as omission of substantive responses to citizen comments, in addition to the absence or misrepresentation of data and its analyses.

Tesoro’s and Savage’s unprecedented, reckless proposal is prompting mounting, contentious pressure from constituents across the inland Northwest, who are incrementally but successfully protecting the safety, health, and environment of the Idaho panhandle, western Montana, and beyond, by resisting this oil terminal and its additional trains crossing the region. Although jumping through government/industry-imposed hearing and comment period hoops held up to placate the public is not radical climate activism – wherein citizens, not their oppressors, define the terms of engagement – Wild Idaho Rising Tide activists and members strongly urge you, as Washington EFSEC members advising decision-maker Governor Jay Inslee, to reject this dirty and dangerous Tesoro Savage oil terminal.  We also encourage several corrective courses of action for EFSEC, not to buttress the legal defensibility of yet another NEPA document that ushers in more environmental and social destruction, but to support in good faith an appropriate review of the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project, before issuance of its final environmental impact statement.  We urgently request that EFSEC acknowledge and accommodate the best interests of ALL Northwesterners, including Idahoans, by addressing several issues completely overlooked by the project DEIS:

1) Prepare a supplemental draft environmental impact statement, without the assistance of industry-biased researchers and authors [4]. Displaying blatant conflicts of interests through their ties to the railroad companies, who would benefit with heightened business opportunities from this terminal, the crafters of this DEIS did not fairly represent the concerns of Northwesterners in this environmental review.

2) More closely examine citizen-suggested alternatives offered during the project scoping phase but not considered in the DEIS. For example, Northwest states are rapidly transforming public power supplies from economically and environmentally risky fossil fuels, such as the oil, gas, and tar sands production augmented by this project, into emerging modes of safe, clean, renewable energy, as responsive solutions to the current climate crisis.

3) Study the separate and compounded damages imposed by the increased fossil fuel extraction, transportation, production, and combustion that this project enables, all exacerbating climate change, for instance its fuel stock drilled and/or mined in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, and beyond, and its pollution implications for world market destinations. The Washington Department of Ecology has similarly enlarged the scope of its review of the Gateway Pacific terminal, the largest coal export facility proposed for North America [14].

4) Geographically expand this environmental review, to analysis the cumulative impacts to Idahoans, Montanans, North Dakotans, Oregonians, Canadians, and other populations and their resources jeopardized by the Tesoro Savage oil terminal proposal, including climate changed plant and animal habitats, unique environments, and vulnerable watercourses near rail lines. Idaho and Montana groups who sent speakers to the January 14, 2016 Spokane Valley public hearing, from Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Livingston, Missoula, Moscow, Sandpoint, and other towns across these states demand appropriate Washington state government consideration of inland Northwest concerns neglected in the current DEIS [11].

5) Accordingly, extend the public comment period on this project and make publicly available all associated records, to accommodate greater opportunities for public involvement necessitated by a combination of intense public interest, the size and intricacies of the DEIS, and the consequent time required for informed public review and reasonable discussion.

When and if all of these methods to redress American grievances with fossil fuel-driven climate change prove ineffective, regional climate activist group WIRT, residing in the Idaho frontline, train transportation bottleneck of Powder River Basin coal, Bakken shale oil, and Alberta tar sands, will continue recruiting rail corridor friends, family, and community members to physically demonstrate to the rail and fossil fuel industries our collective resistance to every dirty energy project affecting northern Idaho and eastern Washington. In the enduring Rising Tide spirit of Flood the System, we are gratefully and eagerly scheming and coordinating upcoming and ongoing direct action training camps, educational workshops, public presentations and discussions, peaceful protests, monthly meetings, weekly broadcast and online radio programs, and other spring and summer 2016 facets of our five-years-running, anti-fossil fuel campaigns, as we chronicle and network with the historic, continent-wide, climate and indigenous justice movements that will stop the Tesoro Savage oil terminal and other new fossil fuel infrastructure [15].

We heartily appreciate your consideration of these comments. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions about this input or further information about the significant, unmitigatable impacts of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

/s/ Helen Yost, MSEE

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com

WildIdahoRisingTide.org

Facebook.com/WildIdaho.RisingTide

Twitter.com/WildIdahoRT

208-301-8039

[1] Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

[2] Tesoro Oil-by-Rail Project Report Lists Earthquake, Derailment Threats, November 24, 2015 Portland Business Journal

[3] Largest Oil Terminal in U.S. Would Impact Sandpoint, Susan Drumheller in December 23, 2015 Sandpoint Reader

[4] Critics Say Oil Trains Report Underestimates Risk, December 18, 2015 Spokesman-Review

[5] Why Are So Many Oil Trains Crashing? Track Problems May Be to Blame, October 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times

[6] Railroads Beat Back New Safety Rules after Derailments, December 5, 2015 Associated Press

[7] Truck Hits Train, Tankers Catch Fire near St. Johns Bridge, December 13, 2015 KOIN 6

[8] Please Join WIRT in Carpooling…, December 14, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[9] Inland NW Oil Train Terminal Rally and Hearing, January 8, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[10] Thanks for Traveling to, Attending, and Testifying…, January 14, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[11] Media Coverage of the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal DEIS Hearing in Spokane Valley on January 14, 2016…, January 19, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[12] One of Three Proposed Grays Harbor Crude Oil Storage and Transfer Facilities has Dropped Its Plans! January 7, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[13] The First of Three EFSEC Hearings on the Tesoro Savage Crude Oil Storage and Transfer Facility…, January 7, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[14] Environmental Review: Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point Proposal, Washington Department of Ecology

[15] Flood the System, Flood the System


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Categories: Climate Change

WIRT Newsletter: WIRT Meetings & Radio Show Time Change

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:42

As listed on the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) Events Calendar, we have changed our first and third Thursday monthly meeting times, respectively in Moscow and Sandpoint, to Wednesdays, with the Sandpoint gathering place switched to Eichardt’s Pub [1]. During January through August 2016, we are converging for the WIRT First Wednesday Moscow Monthly Meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday evening (February 3) at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow.  The WIRT Third Wednesday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting also happens on Wednesday at 7 pm (this January 20) in the Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  WIRT and allied activists eagerly anticipate and heartily appreciate scheming and coordinating with you to organize public events, educational workshops, direct actions, and anti-fossil fuel campaigns!

We need your input at the table and on the ground! Please bring your friends, family, ideas, and energies to emerging plans for upcoming, frontline demonstrations of dirty energy resistance.  The meetings will talk about:

* January 14 Spokane Valley public hearing testimony and comments due on January 22, about the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver, Washington [2-5]

* Screenings of This Changes Everything co-hosted with climate and conservation groups in Sandpoint in February and in Moscow in March [6, 7]

* Direct action training camps, presentations, discussions, and peaceful protests by northern and southwest Idaho area residents in spring and summer 2016, against coal, oil, gas, and tar sands extraction and transportation

Please also note that WIRT’s weekly Climate Justice Forum radio program, broadcast online and at 90.3 FM from KRFP Radio Free Moscow, has moved from Monday evenings to every Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 to 3 pm, starting this week on January 20.  Catch the show that covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to fossil fuel projects, through live and recorded interviews, videos, and breaking news.  Thanks to generous listeners, program host Helen Yost, of regional climate activist group WIRT, chronicles the historic climate justice movement on progressive, volunteer, community radio.

[1] Events Calendar, Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[2] Please Join WIRT in Carpooling…, December 14, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[3] Inland NW Oil Train Terminal Rally and Hearing, January 8, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[4] Thanks for Traveling to, Attending, and Testifying…, January 14, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[5] Media Coverage of the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal DEIS Hearing in Spokane Valley on January 14, 2016…, January 19, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[6] This Changes Everything – The Film, This Changes Everything

[7] This Changes Everything International Trailer, August 27, 2015 This Changes Everything


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Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal Hearing Testimony 1-20-16

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:15

The Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses oil and gas development and resistance in Idaho, the bankruptcy of a Powder River Basin coal mining and export facility proponent, the Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader trial and verdict, and the recent Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal hearing in Spokane Valley, including recorded testimony.  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 resistance 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: Climate Trials, Oil Terminal Hearings, & Dropped Fossil Fuel Plans 1-11-16

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:15
The Monday, January 11, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader trial, Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal hearings, a TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline lawsuit against the U.S. government, and dropped plans for a Payette River-side gas well, a Grays Harbor oil terminal, and Northwest coal and oil train traffic.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Inland NW Oil Train Terminal Rally & Hearing

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 20:00

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allied groups carpooling from Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, to participate in the 4:30 pm regional community rally against the Tesoro-Savage Vancouver Energy Project, an oil train terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver, Washington. At the same location – Centerplace Regional Event Center at 2426 North Discovery Place in Spokane Valley, Washington – the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is hosting a public hearing on the project’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), from 5 to 11 pm or until the last testifier, hopefully late at night after many opposing speakers [1, 2].

Big Oil plans to build the largest crude-by-rail terminal in North America, potentially transferring an estimated 360,000 barrels per day of explosive Bakken shale oil and volatile Alberta diluted bitumen (tar sands) to tank farms across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and to huge, ocean-going oil tankers shipping it to West Coast refineries and the world market [3]. Inevitable, resulting oil spills into river, lake, or sea waters along rail and ocean routes, especially releases of thick tar sands oil that sinks to the bottom of waterways, would disastrously affect local and regional environments, communities, and economies.

While moving enormous volumes of oil that ultimately impact our shared global climate, the Tesoro-Savage facility would also increase the risk of fiery oil train accidents in countless communities along Northwest rail lines, from the Hi-Line around U.S. Highway 2 in Montana, to U.S. Highway 95 corridor towns from Bonners Ferry to Rathdrum in northern Idaho, to the dangerously elevated bridge and track funnels through the Sandpoint, Idaho area and downtown Spokane, Washington, and down the Columbia River Gorge between eastern Oregon and Washington to Vancouver [4, 5]. The huge oil export terminal would bring four more 100-car trains hauling flammable cargo through climate-change-drying forests, increasingly dense cities, and ever more precious water bodies every day.  Public officials and emergency responders across the Northwest have raised concerns about the severe threats of train derailments, explosions, and pollution, as such incidents continually proliferate [6-8].

Northwesterners have successfully delayed, re-routed, and/or stopped similar fossil fuel infrastructure plans over the last five years, most notably tar sands mining and refining megaloads, coal export terminals, and just this week, a Grays Harbor oil terminal [9]. Faced with a flood of proposed coal, oil, and liquefied natural gas terminals in the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of concerned citizens like you have attended hearings to tell decision-makers no.  Altogether, people power has delayed nine fossil fuel terminals and stopped nine others in Oregon and Washington.

In Spokane Valley on January 14, your help is essential to protecting the safety, health, and environment of the Idaho panhandle and inland Northwest, by halting this oil terminal and its additional trains crossing the region [10]. Although jumping through government/industry-imposed hearing hoops held up to placate the public is not radical climate activism – wherein citizens, not their oppressors, define the terms of engagement – we encourage you to speak out and show the advising Washington EFSEC and decision-maker Governor Jay Inslee that the dirty and dangerous Tesoro-Savage proposal is all risk and no reward for our communities.  Hundreds of terminal opponents are already making history at these three important public meetings [11].  Native nations, civic groups, environmental organizations, firefighters, health and emergency professionals, and other individuals will similarly attend the Spokane Valley hearing.

Review the following web links for further information and comments about the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal and its DEIS and hearings, put the Spokane Valley event on your calendar, share this WIRT announcement via email and facebook with interested friends and family, and do not miss this exciting opportunity to engage in the DEIS hearing [12-14]. A large coalition of Northwest groups has compiled specific, applicable suggestions of talking points, arguments, and actions to assist your oral testimony and written letter, including a Tesoro-Savage project overview, comment cheat sheet, and DEIS and safety fact sheets [15].  But we also welcome your presence at the rally and hearing, to boost the visible numbers of terminal opponents supporting speakers, as well as your testimony stating general objections to the proposed port project.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Idaho Sierra Club, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, WIRT, and other organizations have been working to recruit participants and carpool arrangements that require your advance RSVP, in preparation for the 4:30 pm rally and 5 pm hearing on Thursday, January 14, in Spokane Valley. Please contact these organizers with any questions or suggestions.

Moscow, Idaho: For a spot in the ten-passenger Sierra Club van or overflow carpools, contact Casey Mattoon at casey.mattoon@sierraclub.org or 208-384-1023, or Al Poplawsky at alpopsky@gmail.com or 208-669-1065. Meet at 2:45 pm in front of the PetCo store, at the west end of the Palouse Mall, 1850 West Pullman Road in Moscow.  Vehicles will depart at 3:00 pm sharp.

Pullman, Washington: Contact Rob Briggs of the Palouse Region Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby at rsb@turbonet.com, for carpool information.

Sandpoint, Idaho: Contact WIRT at wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039, and converge for carpools or a ride in a large-capacity vehicle, at 2:30 pm at the intersection corner of the Safeway parking lot at 702 North Fifth Avenue in Sandpoint.

During the public comment period on this largest oil train terminal in the U.S., from November 24, 2015, until 11:59 pm on January 22, 2016, please also read the DEIS and send your mailed or online comments to the State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) at P.O. Box 43172, Olympia, WA 98504, or at https://ts.efsec.wa.gov/ [1].  When and if all of these methods to redress American grievances with fossil fuel-driven climate change prove ineffective, relocated WIRT activists, residing in the Idaho frontline bottleneck of Powder River Basin coal, Bakken shale oil, and Alberta tar sands train transportation, invite you to physically demonstrate to the rail and fossil fuel industries our collective rejection of every dirty energy train in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.  Hearty thanks for your work on this issue!

[1] Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

[2] Tesoro Oil-by-Rail Project Report Lists Earthquake, Derailment Threats, November 24, 2015 Portland Business Journal

[3] Proposed Tesoro/Savage Crude Oil Facility (map), Jimmy Tee on facebook (original author unknown)

[4] Largest Oil Terminal in U.S. Would Impact Sandpoint, Susan Drumheller in December 23, 2015 Sandpoint Reader

[5] Critics Say Oil Trains Report Underestimates Risk, December 18, 2015 Spokesman-Review

[6] Why Are So Many Oil Trains Crashing? Track Problems May Be to Blame, October 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times

[7] Railroads Beat Back New Safety Rules after Derailments, December 5, 2015 Associated Press

[8] Truck Hits Train, Tankers Catch Fire near St. Johns Bridge, December 13, 2015 KOIN 6

[9] One of Three Proposed Grays Harbor Crude Oil Storage and Transfer Facilities has Dropped Its Plans! January 7, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook post

[10] Letter: Add Voice to Rejection of Terminal, Don Steinke in December 30, 2015 Columbian

[11] The First of Three EFSEC Hearings on the Tesoro-Savage Crude Oil Storage and Transfer Facility… January 7, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook post

[12] It’s Go Time! Vancouver Oil Terminal Hearing Announced! Columbia Riverkeeper

[13] Stop Big Oil Today! Columbia Riverkeeper

[14] Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal Public Hearings: Thursday, January 14, 2016, Columbia Riverkeeper

[15] Rally and Public Hearing about Proposed Oil-By-Rail Terminal in Vancouver, Columbia Riverkeeper


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Vancouver Oil Terminal Hearing & Payette River Gas Well Victory 1-4-16

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 17:30

The Monday, January 4, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses an upcoming direct action training workshop, the Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockaders trial, hearings on the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal, a relinquished Payette River-side gas well permit, and lessons from the Black Lives Matter movement.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance 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: Tar Sands & Fracking Blockades, Idaho Gas Well Drilling & Monitoring 12-28-15

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 17:30

The Monday, December 28, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) shares news about recent Rising Tide actions against tar sands pipelines and fracking wells, southwest Idaho gas well drilling and monitoring, and fossil fuel infrastructure across the Northwest, following the Paris climate talks and revoked U.S. ban on crude oil exports.  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 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: Rising Tide Actions & Revoked Crude Oil Export Ban 12-21-15

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:45
The Monday, December 21, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) shares news about recent Rising Tide actions shutting down the Enbridge Line 9 tar sands pipeline in Ontario and a fracking well near a school in Pennsylvania and about the U.S. Congress and President revoking the four-decade ban on crude oil exports.  Broadcast tonight exactly on the Winter Solstice at 8:48 pm PST and every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online at progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, 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: Paris & Seattle Protests, Portland Train Collision 12-14-15

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 13:12

The Monday, December 14, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features news about the final accord and accompanying demonstrations at the United Nations COP21 climate talks in Paris, France, protests at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway headquarters and in solidarity with Paris uprisings, both in Seattle, an action that shut down the Enbridge Line 9 tar sands pipeline in Ontario/Quebec, and a fuel truck and fossil fuel train collision in Portland, Oregon.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 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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Climate Justice Forum: Paris Protests, Vancouver Oil Terminal, & Syrian Pipelines 12-7-15

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 18:00

The Monday, December 7, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses demonstrations, protest suppression, and dirty energy greenwashing at the United Nations COP21 climate talks in Paris, France, the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal in Vancouver, Washington, and upcoming hearings, and the connections between fossil fuel pipelines and Syrian conflicts and refugee exodus.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 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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Climate Justice Forum: NW Coal & Oil Infrastructure, Paris Climate Talks 11-30-15

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 18:00

The Monday, November 30, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) covers Powder River Basin coal mines and a proposed railroad, planned Pacific Northwest oil terminals, and worldwide marches, activist petitions, and Paris demonstrations around the United Nations climate change talks starting there today.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to dirty 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: Flood the System & COP21 11-23-15

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:00

The Monday, November 23, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news about coal, oil, gas, tar sands, and climate change developments and resistance in Idaho and the Northwest, Rising Tide and allied Flood the System direct actions, and the upcoming United Nations COP21 climate talks and cancelled protests.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, climate and indigenous activism and frontline, grassroots confrontations of corporate 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: Gary Dorr 11-16-15

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 18:28

The Monday, November 16, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Nez Perce activist Gary Dorr, a U.S. veteran and Idaho megaload protester who has been assisting frontline tribal and grassroots resistance to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in South Dakota and Nebraska.  Besides sharing resistance updates, Gary will talk about the reaction of indigenous and landowner activists to Keystone XL presidential rejection.  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 covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to dirty energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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WIRT Newsletter: New Gas Well Comments & WIRT Events This Week

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 21:30

Alta Mesa’s Little Willow Gathering Facility north of New Plymouth (Idaho Statesman photo/caption)

Stop New Little Willow Gas Well Drilling!

The 15-day public comment period closes on Friday, November 13, for providing your written opposition to yet another permit application for oil and gas well drilling, presumably on Simplot lands (in the Butch Otter family) up Little Willow Road in Payette County, Idaho [1]. Houston-based Alta Mesa has proposed a new well, ML Investments 2-3, about seven miles east of Payette, and has requested that application reviewers and permit issuers at the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) protect its 41 pages of application documents from public disclosure.  A company official contends that much, if not all, of the drilling application information is either confidential for security reasons (as stamped on multiple pages) or meets Freedom of Information Act and Idaho law exemptions prohibiting the disclosure of trade secrets.  Nonetheless, IDL posted the application with redactions on its website on Wednesday, October 28.

Alta Mesa last filed a drilling permit application in November/December 2014, when the Idaho Conservation League and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) separately contested the proposed Smoke Ranch 1-20 well, located only a few hundred feet from the Payette River, and caused application revision and re-submission [2, 3]. According to the IDL website, the company never drilled that well, but has brought five other wells into production during 2015, besides the State 1-17 well that Bridge Resources drilled with ten others in 2009-10, sold to Alta Mesa in 2012, and started up in March 2014 [4].  Alta Mesa is also now extracting gas from the Bridge Resources-drilled ML Investments 1-10 well, claiming that it and the State 1-17 well are wildcat wells drawing from an unproven reservoir.  Nine of the Bridge Resources wells have been shut in pending a pipeline; Bridge intended to frack four of these holes (the Espino 1-2, Korn 1-22, Tracy Trust 3-2, and White 1-10 wells from among the DJS Properties 1-14 and 1-15 and Island Capitol 1-19 wells).

The Texas company has flared several wells since early 2013, and is pulling gas from four of the eight wells that it has drilled since the heavily protested, now shut-in Smoke Ranch 1-21 well (farther from the river than 1-20) in July 2013 [5, 6]. Drilled into the Willow gas field and reservoir, in the hills surrounding Little Willow Creek and Road, the ML Investments 1-11 and 2-10 wells and the Kauffman 1-9 and 1-34 wells are now producing [7].  (The Kauffman couple bid as apparently agreed-upon underdogs in the most recent, May 2015 auction of oil and gas leases on Idaho state lands and minerals [8].)  Alta Mesa has shut in the DJS Properties 2-14 well and not drilled the ML Investments 1-3 well.  Despite numerous errors, missing information, and described harmful practices in seven of eight Alta Mesa drilling applications commented on by WIRT (except the DJS Properties 2-14 well), IDL has not rejected, or required Alta Mesa to revise and re-submit, any of its previous applications [9].

The epicenter of industry ruination of clean water, air, and land and mineral owners’ rights, Payette County stands as the only county with actively producing wells in a state with a questionable amount of historically untapped oil and gas resources. Despite a year delay in drilling new wells in the area, Alta Mesa asserts that “This will not be the last drilling application the county will see,” and that it would like to “drill as many wells as soon as possible,” to maximize private and public oil and gas assets [1].  After the comment period concludes on November 13, the Idaho Department of Lands could again reject or approve Alta Mesa’s drilling application, and new well work could begin by November 16, if weather and other variables do not impede the process.

Please do not forego this opportunity to change the course of Idaho energy development, by commenting in opposition to this 21st contemporary oil and gas well in the Treasure Valley, including the botched and possibly plugged Smith 1-10 well drilled by Trendwell West during spring 2014 near Notus in Canyon County [10]. Peruse the online Alta Mesa application, borrow liberally from WIRT comments on seven prior wells, and state your contentions to IDL through its website or via email sent to comments@idl.idaho.gov, by 12 midnight MST on Friday, November 13, 2015 [9, 11].  IDL will post relevant comments on its website after comment period closure, too late for consideration by other potential commenters.

November 12 WIRT Moscow Potluck

The WIRT First Thursday Moscow Monthly Meeting and Potluck is happening at 7 pm on Thursday evening, November 12 [12]. Gather at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow.  Along with southwest Idaho activists on November 15 and Sandpoint area residents on November 19, we are planning November Flood the System actions on both sides of the state.

November 15 Idaho Flood the System Training

Due to popular demand, WIRT and allies are hosting a sixth Idaho Flood the System Training, as we and associated groups continue to mobilize regional residents for coordinated, continent-wide, #FloodTheSystem, fall actions and agency hearings on Northwest coal and oil train terminals. Join us between 12 noon and 3 pm on Sunday, November 15, at the main, downtown Boise Public Library Gates Room, 715 South Capitol Boulevard in Boise, for another non-violent direct action training workshop led by Rising Tide network trainers [13].

[1] Payette County Could Get New Gas Well (October 30, 2015 Argus Observer)

[2] “Smoke Ranch 1-20” website search (November 11, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[3] Gas Well to be Drilled near Payette River (November 19, 2014 Independent-Enterprise)

[4] Oil and Gas Drill Permits (Idaho Department of Lands)

[5] WIRT Newsletter: Coal Export and Megaload Protests, Payette County Gas Flaring, Idaho County Frackers (January 18, 2013 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[6] “Smoke Ranch”, “Stop the Frack Attack” website search (November 11, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[7] Map: Active Oil and Gas Wells Drilled or Permitted, January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2015 (Idaho Department of Lands)

[8] WIRT Newsletter: BLM Oil and Gas Lease Protest Report and Postponed State Auctions, Integration Applications, and WIRT Meetings (July 3, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[9] “WIRT Comments”, “Alta Mesa” website search (November 11, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide, first five entries)

[10] In Idaho, Waiting on the Natural Gas Industry (June 30, 2014 Idaho Statesman)

[11] 2015-1028 Application for Permit to Drill ML Investments 2-3 (October 23, 2015 Alta Mesa Services)

[12] WIRT Newsletter: November WIRT Events (November 5, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[13] Idaho Flood the System Trainings (October 19, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)


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Climate Justice Forum: Keystone XL & Northwest Tar Sands 11-9-15

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 18:38

The Monday, November 9, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features updates on the Obama administration rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, possible enactment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, tar sands threats to the Northwest, and recent and upcoming Rising Tide and allied Flood the System direct action trainings and demonstrations. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, climate and indigenous activism and frontline, grassroots confrontations of corporate extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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WIRT Newsletter: November WIRT Events

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 18:15

WIRT Monthly Meetings

November 5 & 12: Moscow

The Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) First Thursday Moscow Monthly Meeting and Potluck is happening at 7 pm on Thursday evening, November 5, and due to the work- and travel-induced lateness of this reminder, again on November 12. Gather at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow.  Along with southwest Idaho activists on November 15 and Sandpoint area residents on November 19, we are planning November Flood the System actions on both sides of the state.

November 20: Sandpoint

WIRT is holding our other monthly convergence, the WIRT Third Thursday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting and Pizza at 7 pm on Friday, November 20, at Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue in Sandpoint. Please email wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or call 208-301-8039 for meeting agendas, carpools, and directions, and visit the WIRT Events Calendar for ongoing updates on WIRT and allied events across the region.

November 5: Shell Anacortes Bomb Train Facility

Thursday, November 5, marks the last day to contribute your thoughts on the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the effects of building and using a “rail spur from the existing, adjacent Burlington Northern Santa FE (BNSF) Railway line onto Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) property.”  The proposed facility would receive and unload a maximum of six unit crude oil trains per week, each with 102 DOT-117 tank cars owned by Shell.

Replacing and supplementing currently ship-delivered crude, but not changing refining capacity, the project would also install equipment to pump rail car oil into existing refinery tanks, would construct several storm water retention ponds, and would institute other safety and spill response measures. Shell also says that it will restore a tidally-influenced Padilla Bay estuary from part of a nearby tree farm, to mitigate the on-site wetland impacts of this project.

Our amazing Washington comrades have been demonstrating and testifying at several scoping hearings over the last month.  But has anyone invited or offered input from Idahoans and eastern Washingtonians, about how increased oil-by-rail traffic threatens their lives, communities, and environments?  You know the bomb train talking points well by now: Tell Skagit County and the Washington Department of Ecology that the scope of their project considerations should include the concerns of their eastern neighbors.  These co-lead agencies, jointly overseeing State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)-mandated EIS preparation for this fiasco, anticipate the EIS process taking approximately one year, depending on public comments, necessary studies and permits, and other factors.

November 7: Winter Market

WIRT is working to secure an outreach spot at the Winter Market this Saturday, November 7, from 10 am to 2 pm at the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street in Moscow.  If you have ever contributed substantially toward WIRT, either physically or fiscally, please stop by and pick up your coffee-table-sized book, Energy, published by the Post Carbon Institute.  We would like all WIRT and allied activists to expand their energy/climate change literacy!

November 15: Idaho Flood the System Training

Due to popular demand, WIRT is hosting a sixth Idaho Flood the System Training, as we and associated groups continue to mobilize regional residents for coordinated, continent-wide, #FloodTheSystem, fall actions and agency hearings on Northwest coal and oil train terminals. Join us between 12 noon and 3 pm on Sunday, November 15, at the main, downtown Boise Public Library Gates Room, 715 South Capitol Boulevard in Boise, for another non-violent direct action training workshop led by Rising Tide network trainers.  Expect a free-standing event announcement soon!


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Climate Justice Forum: Regional Fossil Fuel Resistance 11-2-15

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 18:00

The Monday, November 2, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features updates on Payette County gas development and resistance, Idaho Panhandle coal, oil, and tar sands trains and opposition, fossil fuel terminal hearings and comments, and Rising Tide and allied Flood the System direct action trainings and demonstrations.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, climate and indigenous activism and frontline, grassroots confrontations of corporate 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: Idaho Flood the System & More 10-26-15

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 18:00

The Monday, October 26, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features updates on Rising Tide and allied Flood the System non-violent direct action trainings and actions and issue developments regarding regional, citizen-resisted coal, gas, oil, and tar sands infrastructure.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, climate and indigenous activism and frontline, grassroots opposition to corporate extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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