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Climate Justice Forum 11-24-14

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:00

The Monday, November 24, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss recent resistance to oil and gas development in southwest Idaho, the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, British Columbia, natural gas storage by Seneca Lake, New York, and other industrial invasions and grassroots opposition.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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WIRT Newsletter: Payette River Gas Well & P&Z Hearing Tank Farms

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:00

Please comment before Friday, November 14, the day after Alta Mesa Services plans to drill a 4000-foot-deep, vertical, natural gas well, surrounded by casing that will eventually or immediately leak into Birding Island, only 385 feet from the Payette River, upstream from its confluence with Big Willow Creek and closely downstream from the impacted Payette River Wildlife Management Area, composed of braided river channels, wetlands, ponds, and riparian habitat to the southeast. Imagine and witness the destructive scene from NW Fourth Avenue, New Plymouth, Idaho, across the river and a short distance up the right side of the floodplain dirt road in the following photo.  Before drilling the nearby, temporarily capped Smoke Ranch well 1-21 in July 2013, Alta Mesa pumped standing water off and later spilled diesel and/or drilling mud on the square well pad off Highway 52 to the northeast.  In the next few weeks or months, Alta Mesa could complete gathering line installation from a dozen other idle wells to the Highway 30 processing plant, and could unfortunately further initiate and achieve full production.  Check these two previous Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) facebook posts for links assisting your comments to the Idaho Department of Lands at comments@idl.idaho.gov and brjohnson@idl.idaho.gov.

Facebook Photo Post (November 6, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

Facebook Photo Post (November 9, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

Also plan to attend and fill the courtroom for the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing at 7 pm on Thursday, November 13. On the agenda, Alta Mesa proposes constructing tank farms on four existing well sites and one radio tower, all on Simplot land in the bluffs surrounding Little Willow Creek, above the Payette River and Fruitland and Payette, Idaho.  See the following agenda and event links and visit the Payette County Courthouse at 1130 Third Avenue North in Payette.

Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Agenda (Payette County)

Payette County Planning & Zoning Commission (Alma Hasse facebook event)


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Acoustic Folk Benefit Concert

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:00

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is hosting a special fall benefit concert to open the year-end giving season and raise funds for strategic relocation and expansion of our anti-fossil fuels infrastructure, direct action campaign and operations in southwest Idaho. Please join community supporters and WIRT activists at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho, from 6 to 9 pm on Sunday, November 16, for a social hour with refreshments and discussion of ongoing WIRT climate justice campaigns and an evening of rousing, acoustic, live folk and blues music at this intimate downtown venue.

At 7 pm, local husband-and-wife composers and musicians Joshua Yeidel and Sharon Cousins will open performances with their original, eclectic, multi-generational songs and lyrical messages of love and life, history and hope.  After performing as solo street musicians in San Francisco, Sharon and Josh have been filling the Palouse community with tunes since their migration to the region in 1976, lately hailing from a ridge above Viola.  They have formed and collaborated with several, local, folk/rock bands over the years, including Sun-on-the-Mountain, Jasper, We Here Now, and Sagin’ Time, performing primarily at Inland Northwest festivals, concerts, and private parties, and producing and releasing the albums Sign to the Blind, Early Morning Rising Glow, and The Taste of Life Itself [1].  Through a revitalizing mixture of uniquely upbeat, inclusive, alternative music, these fellow WIRT members have been singing since they could talk and playing their primary, respective instruments, the guitar and flute, for more than 50 years.  Together, they offer concert listeners over a century of experience in the enlightening joy of rich, diverse music.

Tom Bennett of Salt Lake City will take the stage next. A native of Villa Rica in the rural, north Georgia countryside, Tom is a true, relentless, traveling, folk/blues singer and activist [2, 3].  At age nine, he began playing the harmonica given to him by an old woman from West Virginia.  He has journeyed in nearly every U.S. state on buses, freight trains, and by hitchhiking, and has stayed with East Los Angeles gang members and at isolated, polygamist enclaves.  Always seeking adventures, Tom shares his stories while performing on resonator guitar, harmonica, tambourine, suitcase percussion, and vocals, which he often plays together in the style of a one-man-band busker, as demonstrated in his recent video rendition of Sharecropper’s Blues [4].  Along with founding a regular, folk-music showcase and a folk-centric record label, Sweet Salt Records, and releasing a debut album, The Man Who Shook the Trail of the Devil’s Hounds, this talented and inspiring musician likes doing shows that spread awareness of various issues [5].  He has performed at the Utah March against Monsanto and the Clean Air No Excuses rally at the Utah Capitol, and at other human rights and environmental events besides a recent, 20-plus-state, summer tour through the West Coast and Deep South.

For admission by free-will donation, WIRT welcomes everyone to come and hear Josh’s, Sharon’s, and Tom’s rowdy tales and gritty, soulful songs of authentic, Americana folk life and music, and to enjoy the opportunity for a rare WIRT convergence, before the dual college towns of Moscow and Pullman disperse for Thanksgiving-time vacations. Please bring your resistance spirit and friends and your contributions of funds and additional beverages and/or snacks on Sunday evening, November 16, at 6 pm.  We hope to give some of the proceeds to these valiant, volunteer, visiting musical guests, who consider it “a great privilege and honor to do this show” for Wild Idaho Rising Tide.  Peruse the WIRT facebook and website pages for further information about this event and our campaigns, share this announcement, and print and widely post the color, letter-sized Acoustic Folk Benefit Concert Flyer.  Thanks!

[1] Sagin’ Time (Sagin’ Time website)

[2] Tom Bennett, Utah (SoundCloud songs)

[3] Tom Bennett (facebook)

[4] Sharecropper’s Blues (Logan Crannell YouTube video)

[5] Tom Bennett and Sweet Salt Records (December 19, 2013 Salt Lake City Weekly)


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Climate Justice Forum: Lynne Quarmby 11-10-14

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 19:00

The Monday, November 10, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Lynne Quarmby, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia (B.C.), and one of five defendants in a $5.6 million injunction SLAPP lawsuit brought by Texas-based Kinder Morgan.  Lynne will discuss the background of government, industry, and resistance actions and their implications for unceded Coast Salish territories and indigenous and settler protectors of Burnaby Mountain forest conservation lands from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline expansion, in the wake of a years of citizen opposition, City of Burnaby and other lawsuits, recent encounters with Kinder Morgan survey crews, and Supreme Court of B.C. hearings on the SLAPP lawsuit.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum 11-3-14

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:00

The Monday, November 3, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss Idaho political candidates’ stands on extreme energy, grassroots resistance to Payette County gas pipelines and the TransCanada tar sands pipeline in British Columbia, blockades and arrests confronting natural gas invasions and policies in New York state, Vermont, Delaware, and Washington DC, and the thousand-strong turnout at Washington state public hearings and rallies debating rail and ship transport of Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil across the Northwest.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum 10-27-14

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:00

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


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

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:25

Spokane: Tuesday, October 28, 5 to 10 pm

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

Olympia: Thursday, October 30, 5 to 10 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spokane: Tuesday, October 28, 5 to 10 pm

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

Olympia: Thursday, October 30, 5 to 10 pm

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

Tips for Providing Testimony

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

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

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

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

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

No more oil, no more coal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Categories: Climate Change

Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests 10-15-14

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Alma Hasse 10-20-14

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:00

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


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

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:45

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


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

Global Frackdown Idaho 10-11-14

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:45

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

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

Global Frackdown on the Palouse (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

Global Frackdown (Food and Water Watch)

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

Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)


Filed under: Idaho Fracking, Photos
Categories: Climate Change

Idaho Fractivist Arrested Requesting Public Information

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:30

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

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

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

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

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


Filed under: Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Statewide Gas Lease Auction Protests

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[5] Fracking Campaign (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

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

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

[8] Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (facebook)

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

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

[11] Supervisory Areas (Idaho Department of Lands)

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

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

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


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Categories: Climate Change

Background: Second and Third Bigge/Calumet Megaloads

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:45

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


Filed under: Mammoet 2014 Megaloads
Categories: Climate Change

Not Yet, Calumet! Megaload & Refinery Protests

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[11] Support WIRT (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)


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

Global Frackdown Idaho

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:00

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

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

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

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

[1] Fracking Campaign (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[2] Idaho Fracking (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

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

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

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

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

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

[8] Global Frackdown (Food and Water Watch)

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

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

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


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion CUP Documents

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:30

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

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

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

To: Patti Nitz

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

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

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

Ms. Nitz,

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

Thank you,

Helen Yost

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

208-301-8039

* Legal Notice of Public Hearing

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

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

Good morning, Ms. Yost:

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

Patti S. Nitz, Administrator

Payette County Planning and Zoning

208-642-6018

pnitz@payettecounty.org

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Aerial Map

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion CUP Application

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Hearing Notice

AM Idaho Highway 30 Refinery Expansion Payette County Staff Report

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

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

To: Patti Nitz <pnitz@payettecounty.org>

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

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

Thank you, Ms. Nitz,

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

Helen Yost

Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Ellen Roskovich 9-29-14

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:00

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


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

WIRT Newsletter: September 26 to October 30 Events

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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