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Climate Justice Forum: Fatal Train-Vehicle Collision, Dropped Bomb Train Loading Facility Proposal, Idaho Legislature Oil & Gas & Climate Change Rules, Nuclear Waste Shipments to Idaho, Fukushima Radiation, Washington Oil Train Traffic, Dakota Access...

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a fatal north Idaho train and vehicle collision, a dropped Payette County bomb train loading facility proposal, Idaho Legislature oil and gas laws and climate change education rules, proposed nuclear waste shipments to Idaho, Fukushima power plant radiation, Washington oil train traffic, Dakota Access pipeline hearings and Northwest protest, Trump administration impacts on energy policies in the U.S. and Idaho, among other topics.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Feb. 7 Idaho Bill on Oil & Gas Permits & Forced Pooling, Feb. 2 Approval of ITD Highway 12 Megaload Rules

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:10

Idaho House Bill 64 Exploits Idaho Resources and Rights

Idaho gasland residents need your legislative input!  At 12:30 pm PST/1:30 pm MST on Tuesday, February 7, in Room EW40, downstairs and on the east side of the Idaho Capitol, near Sixth Street in downtown Boise, the House Resources and Conservation Committee will consider House Bill 64, proposed by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the proverbial fox not only guarding but designing the hen house of state and citizen fossil fuel resources and rights, as acknowledged by Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) at a recent hearing on another industry-friendly, IDL bill [1].  HB 64 would amend Idaho code regulating IDL-issued permits to drill or treat (frack, acidize, etc.) oil and gas wells, integration (forced pooling) of the tracts of mineral owners who do not willingly sign oil and gas leases, and administrative hearings on oil and gas integration disputes [2].

IDL director Tom Schultz will undoubtedly extol the benefits of House Bill 64 in his presentation before House Resources and Conservation Committee members, who are responsible for studying all information about this proposed law, available from research, statements, testimony, and hearings, to determine its scope and effects.  Thus, CAIA and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) are calling for your input of crucial counterpoints, as Idahoans defending citizen rights to health, safety, and property.

Please consider and support the following CAIA and WIRT concerns about and suggested changes to HB 64, and write, call, or testify to the Idaho legislators of your district and of this House committee, via their following email addresses, phone numbers, or in person, to share your comments soon [3].  In the lower left corner of the main Idaho Legislature web page, enter your street address and zip code under Who’s My Legislator? and click Find [4].  The photos of your legislators that appear will lead to their email and phone contact information.  The Legislative Services Office Information Center at idleginfo@lso.idaho.gov and 208-332-1000 can also assist your input.  When calling legislators or the information center, state and spell your name and your organizational affiliation.  Listen to IDL and legislator discussion of House Bill 64 though the audio recording of the committee hearing at 12:30 pm PST/1:30 pm MST on February 7 [5].

Urge your legislative and House resources committee members to support the following changes to House Bill 64, regulating the actions of the oil and gas industry in Idaho, responsible state agencies, and impacted citizens:

1. Insist that a minimum of 66 percent of mineral interest acres be voluntarily leased within a proposed, 640-acre spacing unit for drilling and operation of oil and gas wells, before IDL can accept applications for integration of all of the unit tracts.  Mandate that affidavits of voluntary leases in these spacing units be open to the public record.

2. Increase the time periods for notification of affected mineral interest owners and the public about pending integration applications.  Extend the response time limits for potentially integrated mineral holders to a minimum of 21 business days.

3. Do not eliminate the option for mineral owners to stand as objectors to integration applications and orders.

4. Allow discovery of evidence in administrative hearing procedures considering contested integration applications.

5. Require that applications for integration and oil and gas well drilling and treatment be complete and available to the public by IDL deadlines and the start of any administrative hearings and oil and gas development activities.  The agency should deny or refuse incomplete applications.

6. Replace the words “treat a well” with “well treatment” throughout House Bill 64.

The oil and gas industry intrusions accommodated by the state sanctioned integration (forced pooling) of unwilling mineral owners, as advanced by HB 64, would inevitably jeopardize Idahoans’ air and water quality and quantity, and could contaminate ground and surface water, wells, and agricultural lands.  This legislation thus would not only ultimately degrade the sustainability and quality of life in Idaho, but would also impose adverse financial consequences on affected home, land, and business owners and their neighbors, by degrading their property rights, values, mortgages, and insurance.  This bill therefore deserves the more thorough citizen scrutiny and input afforded by negotiated rulemaking rather than legislative hearings.  The current version of House Bill 64 seems like an IDL attempt to avert such crucial public involvement.  We thank the Idaho Legislature for its time, attention, and consideration of these matters, and gratefully anticipate these revisions to or full rejection of HB 64.

Committee Secretary Tracey McDonnell <hres@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Clark Kauffman <ckauffman@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Dell Raybould <draybould@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Fred Wood <fwood@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Ilana Rubel <irubel@house.idaho.gov>, Representative John Vander Woude <jvanderwoude@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Judy Boyle <jboyle@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Marc Gibbs <mgibbs@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Mathew Erpelding <merpelding@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Megan Blanksma <mblanksma@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Mike Moyle <mmoyle@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Paul Shepherd <pshepherd@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Paulette Jordan <pjordan@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Priscilla Giddings <pgiddings@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Rick Youngblood <ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Ron Mendive <rmendive@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Steven Miller <smiller@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Terry Gestrin <tgestrin@house.idaho.gov>, Representative Van Burtenshaw <vburtenshaw@house.idaho.gov>,

Idaho House Approves Highway 12 Megaload Rules

Despite Idaho Representative concerns, encouraged by WIRT and allied comments, about the incongruence of rules for Highway 12 megaloads proposed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), the full Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee deliberated, voted on, and passed ITD’s new rules, IDAPA 39.03.11, Rules Governing Overlegal Permittee Responsibility and Travel Restrictions, on Thursday, February 2, not on Monday, January 30, as suggested by the recent WIRT alert [6, 7].  Listen to ITD official and legislator discussion and unanimous committee member approval of all except one of the 2016 rules promulgated by ITD, between 22:07 and 33:10 of the audio recording of the committee hearing [8].

WIRT hopes to soon provide further, comprehensive information about oil and gas rules and laws in the 2017 Idaho Legislature.

[1] 2017 Resources and Conservation, Idaho Legislature

[2] House Bill 64, Idaho Legislature

[3] Call to Action February 7, 2017…, February 6, 2017 Victoria Casetta facebook photo

[4] Who’s My Legislator?, Idaho Legislature

[5] Idaho in Session: House Resources and Conservation, Idaho Public Television audiostream

[6] IDAPA 39.03.11, Rules Governing Overlegal Permittee Responsibility and Travel Restrictions, in Pending Rules: Committee Rules Review Book, Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee

[7] Tell Idaho Representatives to Reject ITD Highway 12 Megaload Rules, January 30, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[8] 2017 Transportation and Defense, Idaho Legislature


Filed under: Alerts
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Highway 12 Megaload Mediation Settlement & ITD Rules, Idaho Legislature on Oil & Gas Rules & Climate Change, Oil Trains & Terminal Lawsuits, Permit, & State Report 2-1-17

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a Highway 12 megaload mediation settlement and inconsistent ITD rules moving through the Idaho House, Idaho Legislature considerations of oil and gas rules and a climate change hearing, and a Swinomish Tribe lawsuit, City of Hoquiam permit, and Washington Department of Ecology report addressing Washington oil trains and terminals.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Tell Idaho Representatives to Reject ITD Highway 12 Megaload Rules

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 01:30

On Friday, January 27, the Nez Perce Tribe, U.S. Forest Service, and Idaho Rivers United, with the help of Advocates for the West attorneys, reached a settlement in mediation resolving megaload traffic on U.S. Highway 12, as ordered by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals [1-3].  Resulting from three years of studies and discussions, to which the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) was invited but refused to participate, the agreement prohibits some megaloads from traveling through the wild and scenic Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa river corridor, between highway mileposts 74 and 174, from around Kooskia to the Montana border.  Grateful for all of the citizens and tribal members who worked tirelessly for years to achieve this triumph, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) acknowledges and applauds our colleagues (including Fighting Goliath, Friends of the Clearwater, and others) who have slowed, if not stopped, a rapid, violent process of conceiving, building, and transporting massive loads of fossil fuel infrastructure that privilege oil company profits over local people and wild places.

Thanks to everyone for the good news and congratulations on this megaload court case resolution, and for credit for peaceful and well-voiced megaload protests throughout the region.  But defense of treaty and public lands and rivers via lawsuits creates sacrifice zones, like the Dakota Access pipeline path diverted from Bismarck to Standing Rock to other watersheds in North Dakota.  WIRT activists hope but do not trust that this current mediation success will not again endanger and dismiss diverse communities along alternative, regional, megaload routes beyond the Nez Perce reservation and national forest and the Clearwater-Lochsa wild and scenic river corridor.  We will continue to support and assist megaload resistance and uprisings along other region-wide highways supplying interior shale oil and gas and tar sands extraction operations from Columbia River basin and Pacific ports.

Beyond Highway 12, WIRT and grassroots and indigenous allies (Act on Climate, Blues Skies Campaign, Idaho Mythweaver, Indian Peoples Action, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribes, and 350, Occupy, and Rising Tide groups in Bellingham, Boise, Missoula, Moscow, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane, among others) accomplished intensive, loosely coordinated, megaload protests and campaigns on the ground and in the courts from 2010 to 2014.  We necessarily devised creative tactics that effectively, but not as apparently, overcame not only the industry and government adversaries shared with litigating allies, but also the public neglect and dismissal of our efforts engendered by more obvious and publicized lawsuit wins.  WIRT minimally celebrates court case gains that deflect the enemy and/or problem to groups with lesser capacities to resist, at least through the conservative state administrative system, due to our concerns over environmental justice, mainstream conservation organization protocol, and the increased possibility under the Trump administration of looming megaload onslaughts on every regional river, road, and rail line, including Highway 12.

By now, we all know these predictable outcomes: If Highway 12 megaload opponents win, communities along alternative, industrial corridors across the rest of the region lose, as they fall directly into the crosshairs of Big Oil’s megaload traffic.  Under the Trump-Tillerson dirty energy tyranny, ALL Northwest and Northern Rockies routes could overflow with both fossil fuel infrastructure and its resistance.  WIRT will NOT fiddle a victory tune on Highway 12, while the planet (and even the Big Wild forests around U.S. 12) burn.  But the new presidency may inadvertently force us all to finally act as mutually supportive, ecologically sustainable communities, who esteem both wildlands and their sacrifice zones as sacred.  We wonder if such a shift is possible though, among the colonized, Western civilizations that mainstream conservation and climate groups wish to maintain, while the triple threats of capitalism, fascism, and climate change increasingly impose the brutal karma of ridiculous American hubris.

Evident in the words of the Idaho Transportation Department, which is still pushing its new Highway 12 megaload rules through the Idaho Legislature, and the U.S. Forest Service, which is only temporally limiting most Highway 12 megaload traffic, this battle is far from finished.  Imagine participating in a Saturday afternoon, January 28 public meeting of Idaho Republican Representative Sage Dixon in his home district town of Ponderay, where WIRT has been monitoring (for lack of public blockading…) oil and coal trains, and among 70 audience members, learning not only that his subcommittee approved the new, ITD-proposed, citizen-opposed, Highway 12 megaload rules on the day before this mediation settlement, which legislators knew would soon emerge, but that NO ONE among the regional megaload resistance attended the Thursday hearing to testify [4].

On Thursday, January 26, the Dixon Subcommittee of the Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee heard testimony from ITD motor vehicles administrator Alan Frew and Port of Lewiston general manager David Doeringsfeld, in favor of legislative passage of pending ITD rules for Highway 12 megaloads, docket 39-0311-1601, Rules Governing Overlegal Permittee Responsibility and Travel Restrictions [5].  With about a dozen agency personnel present and no public opposition speaking against the rules, the subcommittee voted unanimously to move the rules to the full committee with a “do pass” recommendation.  Listen to the audio recording of the Thursday hearing between 18:30 and 33:57 [6].

WIRT and allies are calling for public input before and when Representative Harris (R-Meridian), who motioned for the subcommittee vote, brings the new ITD Highway 12 megaload rules before the full House Transportation Committee in Idaho Capitol Room EW40 at 1:30 pm Mountain time on Monday, January 30 [7].  These rules do not align with the oversize load specifications that resulted from mediation, and ITD will predictably use them to push megaloads up Highway 12.  For instance, in a post-agreement Forest Service letter sent to ITD, the federal agency reminds the state department that the uses of the Highway 12 easement through national forest and wild and scenic river corridor lands must not impede the protection of scenic and aesthetic values, as upheld in a previous District Court ruling [8].  Describing the dimensions and travel frequency of megaloads, the Forest Service expressly states that,

The following restrictions in the permits issued by the Idaho Transportation Department will protect the scenic and aesthetic values of the Lochsa corridor:

1. Transport of oversize loads exceeding 16 feet in width or 150 feet in length or 150,000 pounds should be limited to a yearly average of two loads per month.  In order to accommodate heavy recreational use of the corridor during the summer months (June – August), oversize loads meeting this criteria should be limited to a monthly average of one load per month during this time.

2. The largest megaloads (those which exceed two of the three criteria above) should be prohibited entirely, as such loads have the greatest potential to affect the scenic, aesthetic, and cultural values associated with the corridor.  In addition, such loads appear to be a new use of the highway corridor.

Despite ITD testimony to the contrary, before the Dixon Subcommittee on January 26, ITD admits in Section 4 of its revised rules, entitled Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Safety and Travel Requirements, that, “as per a federal court decision, the United States Forest Service has the duty to regulate oversize loads traveling through the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest (U.S. 12 from milepost 74 to 174)” [9].  But the ITD rules now include outdated, incomplete, and contrasting references to Forest Service specifications for Highway 12 megaloads:

a. The Forest Service has issued the following written criteria to determine which “oversize” loads will be subject to Forest Service review:

i. Load exceeds sixteen (16) feet wide and/or one hundred and fifty (150) feet in length

ii. Load movement requires longer than twelve (12) hours to travel through the designated mileposts

iii. Load movement requires physical modification of the roadway or adjacent vegetation, to facilitate passage beyond normal highway maintenance

Although ITD commendably asserts minimum, additional, public safety requirements for passage of loads on this U.S. 12 section (vehicle inspection, load lighting, ambulance and law enforcement escorts, load movement monitoring, limited travel times, and recreational turnout non-use), the requirements set forth by ITD differ vastly from the federal court-ordered Forest Service criteria for megaloads.  ITD versions of Forest Service descriptions of megaloads only include two of four possible dimensions, not their weight – an important element in determining whether “the largest megaloads (those which exceed two of the three criteria above) should be prohibited entirely” by co-regulating Forest Service review.

Considering public interest and traffic volume, ITD rules delimit the times of load travel to less than 12 hours per vehicle, with only one load operating in the designated highway section at a time, and may restrict load movement to night time or away from weekends and holidays and during hazardous weather conditions.  But unlike the Forest Service rubric that caps oversize vehicle traffic at “a yearly average of two loads per month” and “a monthly average of one load per month… during the summer months,…to accommodate heavy recreational use of the corridor,” the flawed, pending ITD rules do not constrain the number of megaloads on this road within a month or year, only within a half-day, between Highway 12 mileposts 74 and 174.

Idaho rules add a load qualification implicitly prohibited by Forest Service concerns for the integrity of the scenic and recreational characteristics of the upper Highway 12 corridor in Idaho: that megaload movement may require “physical modification of the roadway or adjacent vegetation, to facilitate passage beyond normal highway maintenance.”  If such a condition could classify a vehicle as a megaload under ITD rules, but absolutely violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the Highway 12 mediation settlement, would these ITD rule revisions grant permit issuance, but the Forest Service agreement deny it?  How could a company planning transport of oversize loads on U.S. Highway 12 determine and ensure which sets of rules and concurrent jurisdictions, ITD or Forest Service, would regulate its proposed project?

ITD’s January 27 response to the Forest Service settlement announcement notes that ITD was not a party to the mediation agreement, and that its pending rules, developed “after conducting a robust public involvement and outreach effort,…go above and beyond the original Forest Service interim criteria and add several new criteria specifically aimed at addressing safety and traffic concerns…of the travelling public and the environment” [10].  It also assures concerned regional residents that ITD has extensively studied this issue and granted commercial vehicle permits for Highway 12 since 1962.  But these assertions seem to imply that, if ITD and the Forest Service contest decisions on megaload permitting and passage, the Idaho agency may attempt to override Forest Service disapproval.

Nonetheless, ITD says that its staff “will apply our ‘State Safety and Travel Requirements’ and issue permits accordingly.  We will then provide the Forest Service the opportunity to review our permits for this section of U.S. 12.  Under their concurrent jurisdiction, the Forest Service will apply their criteria and decide whether or not to allow the loads.”

But will these pending ITD rules force responsible Forest Service officials to constantly refuse transport of megaloads that meet two, but not three, size and weight dimensions, that are too numerous or frequent, and/or that would reduce the scenic and aesthetic values of the Highway 12 corridor by marring it with physical modifications, to facilitate megaload passage?

Please contact members of the Idaho House Transportation and Defense Committee at their following email addresses, before 12:30 pm PST on Monday, January 30, to demand that they reject these ITD rules that do not reflect the Friday, January 27 mediation agreement among the Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe, and Idaho Rivers United, authorized by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  These new ITD rules still attempt to circumvent the mandated settlement and are thus illegal.  For talking points, please compare the two rules, and see WIRT alerts for previous public hearings and comment periods on the ITD Highway 12 megaload rules [11, 12].

bhixon@house.idaho.gov, ckauffman@house.idaho.gov, gdemordaunt@house.idaho.gov, jgannon@house.idaho.gov, jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov, jmonks@house.idaho.gov, jpalmer@house.idaho.gov, kpacker@house.idaho.gov, mwintrow@house.idaho.gov, pking@house.idaho.gov, pmcdonald@house.idaho.gov, pshepherd@house.idaho.gov, ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov, sdixon@house.idaho.gov, sharris@house.idaho.gov, ssyme@house.idaho.gov, tgestrin@house.idaho.gov

[1] Settlement Protects Historic Uses on Highway 12, Restricts Megaloads, January 27, 2017 Idaho Rivers United

[2] Settlement Restricts Mega-Loads on Highway 12! January 27, 2017 Advocates for the West

[3] Megaload Settlement: Some Oversize Trucks OK, But No More Megaloads on Scenic Highway 12, January 27, 2017 Spokesman-Review Eye on Boise

[4] 350Sandpoint and WIRT Activists Spoke with Republican Representative Sage Dixon…, January 28, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook post

[5] Agenda: House Transportation and Defense Committee – Dixon Subcommittee: Rules, January 26, 2017 Idaho Legislature

[6] 2017 Transportation and Defense Committee: Meetings (Download Audio/Video), January 26, 2017 Idaho Legislature

[7] Agenda: House Transportation and Defense Committee, January 30, 2017 Idaho Legislature

[8] U.S. Forest Service Highway 12 Megaloads Mediation Settlement Letter to Idaho Transportation Department, January 26, 2017 U.S. Forest Service Region One

[9] Pending Rules: House Transportation and Defense Committee Rules Review Book, page 30, January 2017 Office of the Administrative Rules Coordinator, Department of Administration

[10] Idaho Transportation Department Releases Statement Regarding USFS Management Plan for U.S. 12, January 27, 2017 Idaho Transportation Department

[11] NO Means NO Megaloads Sit-In, September 26, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[12] Comment by Friday on ITD’s Proposed Highway 12 Megaload Rules! October 13, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Alerts, Megaloads
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Five-Year Anniversary Celebration Re-Air of Interviews with Alma Hasse & Brooklyn Baptiste 1-25-17

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, celebrates five years of covering continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects by re-airing two interviews with activists in Idaho.  Alma Hasse of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability has actively opposed oil and gas development in Payette County, Idaho, for six years and accomplished a week-long, wrongfully-jailed hunger strike refuting local government conflicts of interest in October 2014.  Brooklyn Baptiste, former Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member, led and participated in four-night blockades of Alberta tar sands megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 through the reservation and treaty lands in August 2013.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show thanks the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling Hearing, Regional Trump Inauguration Protests, Court Blocking of Grays Harbor Oil Terminal, Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson Hearings 1-18-17

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:00

The Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the December 14 hearing on applications forcing Fruitland, Idaho property owners to lease their oil and gas, information about upcoming, regional marches protesting the Trump presidential inauguration, and news about Standing Rock Sioux and allied opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline, a Washington Supreme Court decision blocking the last, proposed, Grays Harbor oil train terminal, and Congressional hearings on the Trump nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Dakota Access, Trans-Pecos, & Sabal Trail Pipeline Resistance, Nez Perce Tribe Rejection of Wells Fargo, Pre-Legislative Idaho Oil & Gas Talks, Columbia Gorge Rail Expansion Lawsuit 1-11-17

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:00

The Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features an Al Jazeera report on Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous opposition to fossil fuel extraction and transportation, and news about Nez Perce Tribe rejection of Wells Fargo business ties, pre-legislative session discussions of Idaho oil and gas development, a Union Pacific lawsuit over locally blocked Columbia River Gorge rail expansion, and updates on indigenous and allied resistance camps and campaigns against the Trans-Pecos pipeline in Texas and the Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Move Your Money Out Demonstration in Sandpoint, Last Northwest Coal Terminal Rejection, Idaho & Washington Train Derailments, Dakota Access Pipeline Investor & Court Decisions, Alberta Tar Sands Health Impacts & Developer...

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:00

The Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a livestream recording of the Move Your Money Out demonstration in Sandpoint, Idaho, against Wells Fargo and US Bank pipeline funding, and news about Washington state agency rejection of the last proposed Northwest coal export terminal, train derailments near Boise, Idaho, and Vancouver, Washington, Dakota Access pipeline investor reticence and a declined construction injunction, and Alberta tar sands health impacts and a developer transition to wind farms.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Thunderstorm Blizzard, Firewood Drive, & Move Your Money Protests, Fukushima Radiation in West Coast Fish 12-28-16

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:12

The Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the Christmas thunderstorm blizzard at the Dakota Access pipeline resistance camps and information about a regional Standing Rock firewood drive and Move Your Money protests of Wells Fargo and US Bank pipeline funding, a Greenpeace direct action camp in Florida, Fukushima radiation contamination of West Coast fish, and a tar sands pipeline valve turner call to climate activism.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Winter Solstice Celebration, Dakota Access Pipeline Resisters & Trials, Sabal Trail Pipeline Opposition, Payette County Forced Pooling Hearing, Russian Arctic Oil & Trump’s Election, & U.S. & Canadian Bans of Arctic & Atlantic...

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 13:00

The Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features information about Winter Solstice and its celebration in Sandpoint and news about Dakota Access pipeline resisters and court outcomes in North Dakota, Sabal Trail pipeline opposition in Florida, an oil and gas forced pooling hearing in Boise, potential oil and gas development in the Russian Arctic, and U.S. and Canadian bans of fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Winter Solstice Celebration & WIRT Monthly Meeting

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:00

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies invite everyone to a winter solstice celebration and the December Sandpoint WIRT meeting, one of two gatherings held every month on the first Wednesday in Moscow and on the third Wednesday in Sandpoint.  On the December 21 solstice, we are converging at 7 pm in Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  Join regional climate activists on the first evening of the solar new year for food, beer and wine, and conversations creating campaign strategies and tactics for actions and events supporting the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy, livable communities, and especially climate justice.

Topics of discussion may include updates, plans, and suggestions for:

* Regional resistance to coal, oil, gas, and tar sands leases, wells, processing plants, pipelines, trains, terminals, and refineries* Ongoing WIRT and allied mobilization of Idaho residents for coordinated, peaceful protests and agency hearings advancing anti-fossil fuels campaigns

* Statewide, January protests of Wells Fargo and US Bank funding of the Dakota Access pipeline, co-hosted with 350Sandpoint and Idaho and Spokane partner groups, in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux, indigenous, and allied pipeline opposition

* Ongoing, monthly, guest presentations and forums, like the successful Olympia Stand and valve turner talks, including a January or February Bringing NoDAPL Home Forum with Idaho and Spokane water protectors

* Local training workshops (ideally a spring, weekend, Idaho Panhandle, direct action and kayaktivism camp) and educational events sharing activist knowledge

* Benefit concerts raising funds for volunteer and legal expenses (like the Sixth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide on March 31)

* Expansion of WIRT’s weekly Climate Justice Forum radio program, broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow for five years on January 18, to KRFY in Sandpoint and other progressive community stations

* Coordination of WIRT monthly gatherings with partner group meetings in Moscow and Sandpoint, to enhance community resistance to climate-wrecking extreme energy projects

At 7 pm on Wednesday, December 21, at Eichardt’s Pub in Sandpoint and beyond, please share your involvement in continent-wide, grassroots, direct activism that confronts the roots causes of climate change.  Contact WIRT organizers by email, phone, or facebook message, with your questions and ideas, and invite your associates to this event with this announcement and half-page flyer, also posted on WIRT website and facebook pages, where you can find further information and opportunities for climate movement participation.  Thanks!


Filed under: Newsletters
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Energy Crossroads Community Forum, Dakota Access Pipeline Court Outcomes, Payette County Forced Pooling Protest & Hearing, BNSF Grant to Bonner County Emergency Responders 12-14-16

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:30

The Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of the Energy Crossroads Community Forum, held by Northwest groups on November 30 in Spokane, and news about Dakota Access pipeline court outcomes and resistance in North Dakota, a hearing on Texas oil and gas company applications to force pool the fossil fuel resources of 157 Payette County property owners in Boise, and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway grant to Bonner County Emergency Medical Services in Sandpoint.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Payette County Forced Pooling Protest

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:00

IDAHO WATER IS LIFE!  FORCED POOLING IS DEATH!

Please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies at 8 am MST on Wednesday, December 14, for the Payette County Forced Pooling Protest on the Idaho Capitol steps at 700 West Jefferson Street in Boise, Idaho. Concerned citizens from throughout Idaho are coming together to stand in support of over 150 Payette County families and home, property, and business owners whom the state of Idaho and a Houston, Texas-based fossil fuel producer are pushing into oil and gas leases for integration, or “forced pooling,” of their private resources [1, 2].  Alta Mesa Idaho (AMI) integration applications to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission could impose extraction of Idahoans’ oil and gas, with or without their permission, from three new wells, and perhaps many more, on two adjacent, one-square-mile sections of land and another, smaller tract in and near the Fruitland community.  With state approval, Alta Mesa and other toxic intruders could directionally drill, hydraulically fracture (“frack”), and chemically “treat” these wells beneath and only 200 feet on the ground from a few hundred subdivision homes and other structures like schools and hospitals, and under, next to, or within less than a mile of the Snake and Payette rivers and their wetlands and floodplains, and below already leased U.S. Highway 95 (See the attached photos of spacing units).

At 9 am on Wednesday, December 14, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is holding the first administrative hearings on contested AMI forced pooling applications since the Idaho Legislature passed SB1339 in March 2016, the egregious statute that changes and rushes the integration process to benefit the oil and gas industry and trample citizen rights anywhere in the state. The advocacy group Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) has retained constitutional law attorney James Piotrowski, of the law firm Herzfeld and Piotrowski, to represent a group of unwillingly integrated, officially objecting, Payette County mineral owners [3, 4].  In the Lincoln Auditorium, Room WWO2 in the lower level of the Idaho Capitol west wing, integration objectors will challenge the legality of the proposed spacing units and of IDL’s due processes that afford impacted landowners insufficient time and information to consider forced pooling applications and to consult attorneys, banks, and insurance companies about the adverse financial consequences of integration on property rights, values, mortgages, and insurance.

Participate in the 8 am protest and attend the 9 am hearings, continued if necessary at the same locations on Thursday, December 15, to show your support of hardworking, tax-paying, Payette County and regional residents, by serving as protesters, observers, witnesses, and testifiers. Oil and gas industry invasions accommodated by state sanctioned forced pooling could inevitably jeopardize air and water quality and quantity, contaminate ground and surface water, wells, and agricultural lands, and ultimately degrade the sustainability and quality of life in Idaho.  Because citizens throughout the Treasure Valley – from eastern Oregon to Twin Falls and in Ada, Canyon, Cassia, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Washington, and other Idaho counties – could eventually endure the ravages of these same integration rules, Idahoans should demonstrate with a large turnout, noticed by public officials and media reporters, that a majority of us will confront these injustices that transcend southwestern Idaho.  In honor of Dakota Access pipeline resistance supporting the Standing Rock Sioux, it is time for us to rise up on Idaho’s fossil fuel frontlines and protect our waters and lands!

Before these events, WIRT will provide further background information about this situation and forced pooling on our website and facebook pages. Thanks!

[1] Hearings on Docket Numbers CC-2016-OGR-01-004, -005, and -006, Idaho Department of Lands

[2] Alta Mesa Seeks Integration of Three Units, November 29, 2016 Argus Observer

[3] Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability

[4] What You Should Know About Oil and Gas Forced Pooling, December 1, 2016 Charlene Kay Quade facebook post of CAIA poster


Filed under: Alerts, Idaho Fracking
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Al Chidester on Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners at Moscow Forum, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling Meeting & Protest, & Canadian Approval of Tar Sands Pipelines 12-7-16

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:45

The Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, welcomes KRFP board chair and WIRT core activist Al Chidester talking about Dakota Access pipeline resistance, and airs excerpts from a December 4, Moscow forum on civil disobedience led by four tar sands pipeline valve turners.  We also share news about a Payette County meeting and upcoming Boise protest opposing Alta Mesa applications to force pool the oil and gas resources of 157 Idahoans, and about Canadian approval of two pipelines bringing one million barrels of tar sands per day into the U.S.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Moscow & Sandpoint Host Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:15

Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience

Featuring Leonard Higgins and Ken Ward

Saturday, December 3, 12 pm to 2 pm

Eichardt’s Pub upstairs room, 212 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, Idaho

Sunday, December 4, 12 pm to 2 pm

1912 Center Fiske Room, 412 E. Third Street, Moscow, Idaho

Public forums and fundraisers

Co-hosted by #ShutItDown – Climate Direct Action and Wild Idaho Rising Tide

$10 suggested donation for the #ShutItDown legal defense fund

All ages of participants and free admission are welcome

On October 11, 2016, five brave climate organizers successfully closed the manual, emergency valves of five pipelines carrying oil from the Canadian tar sands into the northern United States [1, 2].  Their unprecedented acts of nonviolent direct action to avert climate cataclysm shut down 15 percent of U.S. crude oil imports for nearly a day.

Emily Johnston, age 50, and retired attorney Annette Klapstein, 64, each interrupted Enbridge’s Lines 4 and 67 pipelines in Leonard, Minnesota.  Michael Foster, 52, shut down TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota.  Leonard Higgins, 64, who locked down to a tar sands megaload in Umatilla in December 2013, halted the flow of Spectra Energy’s Express pipeline at Coal Banks Landing near Great Falls, Montana.  Ken Ward, 59, a Climate Disobedience Center and #ShutItDown co-founder, stopped Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline in Anacortes, Washington.

“Calling on President Obama to use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and to mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe,” the activists staged their actions in support of the International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock.  Police removed and arrested all five activists, supporters Sam Jessup and Carl, and independent documentary filmmakers Lindsay Grayzel and Deia Schlosberg.  These ‘valve turners’ face prosecution on felony charges with sentences of up to 95 years in prison [3].

Emily Johnston: “For years, we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been anything like enough.  Without a radical shift in our relationship with this Earth, all that we love will disappear.  My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail.”

Annette Klapstein: “Like mothers everywhere, I act from a deep love for my children, which extends out to all children and young people and all living beings on this planet.”

Michael Foster: “I am here to generate action that wakes people up to the reality of what we are doing to life as we know it.  All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal, and gas now.”

Leonard Higgins: “I am committed to the moral necessity of participating in nonviolent direct action to protect life.”

Ken Ward: “Only if we are truly contesting the means of our own destruction – like wrestling a gun from the hands of a suicide – will we be able to use words like ‘hope’ without cynicism or despair.”

Please join #ShutItDown and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) in hearing valve turners Leonard Higgins, in person, and Ken Ward, via Skype, discuss why they felt morally compelled to take these nonviolent direct actions.  In affirmation and solidarity with these valve turners and all fossil fuel/climate change resisters, Idaho frontline WIRT activists are covering the costs of this #ShutItDown benefit event.

For further information about these appropriate, necessary actions, see the #ShutItDown – Climate Direct Action website, and support these valve turners who risked bold climate action.

[1] Media and Press, #ShutItDown – Climate Direct Action

[2] Breaking: Activists Reportedly Shut Down Five Pipelines Carrying Tar Sands Oil into U.S., October 11, 2016 Democracy Now!

[3] Climate Activists Face Decades in Jail for Shutting Down Oil Pipelines, November 1, 2016 King 5 TV


Filed under: Alberta Tar Sands, Events
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Brian Wolcott on Port of Olympia Train Blockade, Clean Energy & Tar Sands Pipeline Blockers Forums, Payette County Oil & Gas Forced Pooling, & Canadian Approval of Tar Sands Pipelines 11-30-16

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 13:00

The Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, offers news about upcoming, regional forums on the clean energy revolution and the civil disobedience of five tar sands pipeline valve turners, a driller application to force pool the oil and gas resources of hundreds of Payette County, Idaho residents, and Canadian approval of two pipelines bringing one million barrels of tar sands per day into the U.S.  We also share a one-hour, November 26, Sandpoint presentation by Olympia Stand activist Brian Wolcott, about the week-long, encamped rail blockade of a Bakken-bound, fracking proppant train from the Port of Olympia, Washington.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Upcoming WIRT November Events

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 22:00

Upcoming WIRT November Events

Thanks to Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists, allies, and friends for your patience during a November that opened opportunities for a long-overdue, month-long, event-free break, especially from the rigors of side-job wage slavery. With more time and energy for activism emerging from this healing phase, we plan to soon re-establish a regular WIRT email newsletter and to post WIRT radio program recordings, both drawn from our active facebook page.  Please support ongoing WIRT and allied mobilization of regional residents for coordinated, region-wide actions and agency hearings and comment periods, confronting Northwest coal, oil, gas, and tar sands facility and transportation projects.  Look for upcoming announcements throughout autumn and winter 2016-17 about participatory events including educational presentations, direct action training workshops, peaceful protests, and benefit concerts that advance our shared anti-fossil fuel/climate change campaigns.

Tuesday, November 29: Comment against the Millennium Bulk (Coal) Terminals

During this last opportunity for public input on Millennium Bulk Terminals, please comment on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and a dredging permit application for the Longview, Washington coal export facility proposed by Lighthouse Resources [1-3]. Before the public comment period ends on Tuesday, November 29, urge the Corps to oppose construction and operation of the largest coal export terminal in North America, and to protect public health and natural resources, by supporting the “no action” alternative of the draft EIS and rejecting the permit application.  Millennium’s eight additional, fully loaded, unit coal trains per day and the coal transfer and storage site, annually handling up to 44 million metric tons of coal, would harm the health and safety, air and water quality, and natural resources of communities throughout the Northwest.

As the draft EIS describes, Millennium would receive coal via trains from western U.S. mines and transfer it to Asia-bound, ocean-going vessels, at the 190-acre, leased site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter. Its facilities would include an operating rail track and unloading station, a coal stockpile area and eight-track rail loop for storage, a conveyor and two independent ship loaders, and two new docks to berth Panamax-class vessels.  Because Lighthouse Resources seeks to dredge up to 48 acres out to the Columbia River navigation channel, the company has applied for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

Between April 29 and June 13, 2016, most of the 250,000 commenters on a separate Millennium draft EIS, issued by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County, opposed this coal export facility [4]. But the Corps granted the proposal a favorable review in its federal draft EIS released on September 30.  In its 3,000-plus-page document, the agency described potential project damages to air, water, fish, wildlife, and communities, including more train traffic congestion, elevated railroad noise levels, and increased wait times at rail crossings, especially in low-income and minority communities.  The Corps held only two public hearings on its draft EIS, on October 24 in Longview, Washington, and on October 25 in Ridgefield, Washington, “to provide the public an opportunity to share its views and opinions” on this last of six proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington [5, 6].  It did not offer hearings beyond the Longview/Vancouver/Portland area for citizens of Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington, and no one coordinated testifier buses from these areas to the southwest Washington hearings.

An increase in coal trains across the Idaho panhandle would not only pollute our waters, lands, and bodies with coal dust and diesel fumes, it could also take human and non-human lives. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Idahoans experienced 21 accidents between vehicles and trains at public and private rail crossings of all railroads in the state between August 2015 and July 2016.  In the northernmost Idaho counties, four incidents without injuries or deaths occurred at one private and three public crossings in Boundary and Kootenai counties.  Two people died at private and public crossings in Bonner County during the last year-plus.

Please join us in working together to stop Millennium Bulk Terminals, by convincing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to NOT approve project dredging, construction, and operation. Send your comments on the Corps draft EIS to http://www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov/submit-comments.html, and your remarks on the dredging permit application, referencing NWS-2010-1225, by e-mail to NWS.MBTL@usace.army.mil.  The Corps will review and consider all comments offered during the public input period.

Wednesday, November 30: Energy Crossroads: A Community Forum

Please attend a forum emceed by Laura Ackerman of The Lands Council, to together learn about, envision, and share the current revolution that is winning a just and equitable shift to a clean energy economy [7]. Speakers include KC Golden of Climate Solutions, Evita Krislock of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, and Gavin Tenold of Pura Vida High Performance Builders.  The Lands Council, Climate Solutions, and Gonzaga Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic are co-sponsoring this event, and WIRT and a dozen other Washington and Idaho groups are co-hosting it.  Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 30, in the Gonzaga Moot Law Court at the Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 North Cincinnati Street in Spokane, Washington.

Mass mobilization against unnecessarily expanded development, transportation, and dependence on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels in Northwest communities has increased opposition to their unacceptably devastating local and global impacts. Cleaner, local, and more efficient energy options, like solar and wind power and electric vehicles, have simultaneously improved in their availability, use, and price.  This crossroads is increasing investments in healthier, stronger, and better communities, resources, democracies, and jobs, all building a brighter, more viable future for all.  Thanks!

[1] Comments Sought on Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Permit Application and Draft EIS, September 30, 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[2] Joint Public Notice: Application for Department of the Army Permit and Washington Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification and Release of NEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement, September 30, 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology

[3] Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview NEPA/SEPA Environmental Impact Statements, Cowlitz County,  Washington State Department of Ecology,  and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[4] More Rail Congestion and Noise among Impacts of Longview Coal Terminal, September 30, 2016 EarthFix

[5] Longview Coal Facility Hearings Draw Crowds, October 24, 2016 Columbian

[6] Coal Project Proponents, Opponents Have Their Say at Public Hearing in Ridgefield, October 26, 2016 Clark County Today

[7] Energy Crossroads: A Community Forum, Climate Solutions


Filed under: Newsletters
Categories: Climate Change

Olympia Stand Blockade Talk

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:30

Sandpoint/Olympia Activist Talks about Fracking Sand Train Blockade

Saturday, November 26, 12 noon

East Bonner County Library Room 104

1407 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, Idaho

Please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies at 12 noon on Saturday, November 26, in Room 104 of the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, for a public presentation offered by Brian Wolcott, an Evergreen College student, Olympia Stand activist, and Sandpoint resident.  With photos, videos, and descriptions, Brian will talk about the week-long Olympia Stand blockade of a train transporting Chinese fracking proppants from the Port of Olympia to the Bakken shale oil and gas fields in North Dakota, the source of leaky pipeline oil and explosive oil trains.  Between November 11 and 18, community demonstrations and an encampment on the tracks expressed solidarity with Native-led Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and with indigenous sovereignty movements defending the water, fishing, and hunting rights of local tribes, before riot police injured, arrested, and dispersed blockaders and protesters in downtown Olympia, Washington.  For further event information, Olympia Stand media releases, regional and national news coverage of the blockade, and a donation site for arrestees’ legal funds, see the Olympia Stand public facebook group and the event announcement on the WIRT website [1, 2].

Eastbound Fracking Proppant Train Monitoring

During most days and evenings, from our office window (a block away from the Amtrak station) and along Sand Creek, WIRT watches and documents westbound, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), unit coal and oil trains crossing downtown Sandpoint.  So we are happy to alert regional residents to the additional opportunity to monitor fracking proppant/sand train movements.  Olympia Stand and WIRT organizers ask that all of us notice and report to them any groups of a dozen, whitish, covered, eastbound rail cars carrying fracking sand from the Port of Olympia to the Bakken Basin in North Dakota.  Traversing the region first as unit trains on a short rail line to a Seattle train yard, then as parts of mixed freight trains on mainline BNSF tracks through Spokane, north Idaho, and the Montana Hi-Line, the hopper cars have a key, confirmed feature of two  (not the usual three) square, funnel-like ports on their bottoms.  To accomplish this trainspotting and report proppant cars, please view the color and shape, number of cars, and overall train composition in the clear photos and videos of the rail cars provided in these links, especially the Olympian video of the heavily guarded train rolling through Olympia after the blockade [3-5].  Together, Northwest climate and indigenous activists are observing and noting the amount of time typically required for fracking supplies to move from Olympia to Sandpoint to North Dakota.

Olympia Stand Media Release

November 11, 2016

olystand@protonmail.com

Oil Fracking Train Headed to Bakken Blockaded Outside Port of Olympia

Olympia, WA – A coalition action group, Olympia Stand, comprised of climate action, indigenous solidarity, and port militarization activists, has staged a human blockade on the train tracks leaving the Port of Olympia, Washington.  A train transporting fracking proppants to the Bakken Basin in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and explosive oil trains, has been prevented from leaving the Port of Olympia.

Olympia Stand is a direct action coalition actively resisting the transport of proppants through the Port of Olympia to the Bakken Basin in North Dakota.  Its activists are inspired by the water protectors of Standing Rock, and work in coalition to expose and reject Olympia’s complicity in the occupation and desecration of indigenous lands, by focusing on direct action and civil resistance.  The overall goal is for the Port of Olympia to not enable the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels or their infrastructure.

According to a U.S. Department of Defense report, climate change is the greatest national security threat to the United States.  In order to reverse the damage we have already done, the global scientific consensus is clear: We must transition to renewable energy, and keep all oil, coal, and natural gas in the ground [6].  We demand that the Port of Olympia permanently cease fossil fuel infrastructure shipments through the marine terminal.  In lieu of acceptance of this demand, we will continue to oppose any transportation of fossil fuels through the Port of Olympia.

The action started at the intersection of State and Jefferson streets just before 2:00 pm.  By 3:00 pm, the train reversed back into the Port, to the cheers of the train blockers.  Soon after, the text message “We hold the track,” along with a call for action support to resist movement of the fracking proppants through the night, was sent by Tri Imani of Olympia Stand.  As of 7:30 pm, train blockers held the tracks.

The train stoppers are carrying signs expressing solidarity with the fight of the Standing Rock Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated, explosive, Bakken oil trains.  They chanted “Water is life,” “You can’t drink oil,” and “Take our port back; join us on the tracks!”  Many drivers honked in support, as they passed by the blockade site.  Though today’s action was inspired by Standing Rock DAPL resistance, area climate justice activists have been resisting Port of Olympia fracking materials for Bakken oil extraction since 2012.  The Quinault Nation has led the opposition to proposed Grays Harbor oil terminals in Hoquiam, which would draw additional Bakken oil trains to our region.

The Port of Olympia has been importing fracking sands from China for the last four years.  These ceramic proppants prop open bedrock cracks, while water and chemicals extract oil.  The Port loads the 1.5-ton proppant sacks onto the trains to North Dakota, where Native water protectors are facing heavily armed security police using militarized vehicles, tear gas, rubber bullets, and attack dogs.  Olympia Stand co-organizer Tri Imani said, “We don’t want the public port to be complicit in climate change, oil fracking pollution, exploding oil trains, and ongoing, militaristic occupation of indigenous lands for resource extraction and transport, endangering the survival of indigenous nations and the Earth itself.”

See the video, released by Zoltan Grossman, of the November 11, 2016 Olympia Stand action [7].  For background on fracking sands at the Port of Olympia and Bakken oil fracking, see the No Oil Fracking Sands at the Port of Olympia website [8].  Email olystand@protonmail.com for information on the unfolding action.

Olympia Stand Blockade Press Release

November 18, 2016

olystand@protonmail.com

A train transporting fracking proppants to the Bakken Basin in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and explosive, Bakken oil trains, was prevented from leaving the Port of Olympia for almost seven days, before massive police repression dispersed a blockade in downtown Olympia, Washington.  The action began on Friday, November 11, when activists got word that a train shipping fracking proppants was set to depart.  People mobilized immediately and confronted the train, forcing it to reverse direction, back into the port.  Protesters assembled an encampment, complete with tents, sitting arrangements, food, music, and a dishwashing station, on the tracks on the edge of downtown Olympia.  Other physical barricades to complement the encampment were constructed along the tracks, to shut down all Port of Olympia commerce that travels via rail.

Protesters vowed to maintain the blockade until the Port of Olympia agrees to permanently cease all shipments of fracking materials.  The blockade was a concrete expression of solidarity with the anti-DAPL resistance led by Native water protectors at Standing Rock and with local indigenous movements for sovereignty.  This action follows in the footsteps of previous movements surrounding the Port of Olympia and the stolen land it occupies.  Past actions include preventing shipments of military cargo during the Iraq War and reinforcing water, fishing, and hunting rights of local tribes.

At 4 am on Friday, November 18, a joint raid was collectively staged by Union Pacific security agents and the Olympia Police Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, and Washington State Patrol.  Though riot police outnumbered protestors by four or five times, the eviction was resisted for approximately 30 minutes.  Law enforcement officers then advanced, tearing down tents and barricades, and arresting 12 protesters.  Another group of protesters emerged downtown, to prevent the train carrying fracking proppants from departing on the cleared tracks.  An overwhelming police response deploying “less-lethal” weapons, such as pepper balls and flash grenades, ultimately succeeded in dispersing demonstrators, but not without imposing injuries on numerous protesters.

Although the blockade has been dismantled, protesters have vowed to continue the fight, and it is likely that the Port of Olympia will hesitate before accepting fracking proppants for years to come.  If activists in other cities stage similar blockades, the economic viability of other ports’ or rail companies’ complicity in fracking could be compromised.

For further information and regional and national news coverage of the blockade, see the Olympia Stand public facebook group and enclosed article links [1, 9-18].  Supporters can contribute toward the legal funds of the arrestees at a YouCaring donation site [19].

[1] Olympia Stand public facebook group, Olympia Stand

[2] Olympia Stand Blockade Talk

[3] Train Moves Out after Police Remove Protesters from Downtown Olympia Tracks, November 18, 2016 Olympian

[4] Video Posted to Olympia Stand’s Timeline, November 18, 2016 James Newman

[5] Here Is the Video from the Train Being Led by Cops through the Blockade…, November 18, 2016 Marin Fahey

[6] Quadrennial Defense Review 2014, U.S. Department of Defense

[7] TrainReverse, November 11, 2016 Zoltan Grossman

[8] No Oil Fracking Sands at the Port of Olympia

[9] Protesters Block Rail Line Leading to Port of Olympia, November 12, 2016 Olympian

[10] Olympia Anti-Fracking Protest Settles into Camp on Railroad Tracks, November 13, 2016 Olympian

[11] Anti-Fracking Protest Camp Could Be Removed Thursday, November 14, 2016 Olympian

[12] Olympia, Washington: North Dakota Fracking Equipment Blocked, Train Tracks Barricaded, November 12, 2016 It’s Going Down

[13] Olympia: Solidarity Needed with Ongoing Fracking Blockade, November 15, 2016 It’s Going Down

[14] Olympia, Washington: To Block the Train, Fight the Police, November 15, 2016 It’s Going Down

[15] Olympia Blockade: Direct Action in Defense of Mother Earth, November 17, 2016 It’s Going Down

[16] Olympia: Report Back from Barricade Standoff, November 19, 2016 It’s Going Down

[17] Olympia Protesters Block Fracking Train, November 14, 2016 Seattle Weekly

[18] Washington: Protesters Blockade Trains Carrying Fracking Materials to North Dakota, November 16, 2016 Democracy Now!

[19] Support for Olympia Stand, YouCaring


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

Climate Justice Forum: Herb Goodwin on Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Support & Arrest, Idaho Transportation Board Rules for Highway 12 Megaloads, Olympia Stand Blockade of Bakken Fracking Sand Train, Missouri River Pipeline Drilling & Police Brutality...

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:00

The Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features an interview with Bellingham-based, core WIRT activist Herb Goodwin about his participation and arrest at Dakota Access pipeline resistance camps and actions.  We also share news about Idaho Transportation Board-approved rules for Highway 12 megaloads, the week-long blockade of a Bakken fracking sand train from the Port of Olympia, Missouri River tunnel drilling and police brutality along the Dakota Access pipeline route, and upcoming, inland Northwest presentations, forums, and solidarity actions.  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 fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Coal Train Pollution Settlement, Lewiston Oversize Loads, Grays Harbor Oil Terminal Deadline, Bellingham & Olympia Rail Blockades, Halted DAPL Construction 11-16-16

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:00

The Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide features news about a federal court settlement on coal train pollution of Washington waterways, proposed Idaho Transportation Department rules for Highway 12 megaloads, Clearwater Paper oversize loads moving from the Port of Lewiston, last public chances to stop a Grays Harbor oil-by-rail terminal, Bellingham and Olympia rail blockades of fossil fuel trains, and anti-Dakota Access pipeline solidarity actions and halted construction near the Missouri River.  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 fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ. ~Helen

http://radiofreemoscow.org/


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Categories: Climate Change

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