On the Monday, September 24, 2012, Climate Justice Forum radio program, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcomes Al Poplawsky of the Palouse Group of the Sierra Club (PGSC) and Tim Hatten, Palouse Prairie Foundation and PGSC board member. Both local conservationists discuss previous and ongoing resistance to expansion and relocation of Highway 95 south of Moscow, Idaho, to lessen traffic accidents and possibly accommodate an industrial corridor to the Alberta tar sands. Broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM and online, and later aired on KMEC in Ukiah, California, the show also covers continent-wide dirty energy developments and protests of tar sands, coal, and natural gas extraction and transportation projects. Listen to an edited recording of the September 24 Climate Justice Forum posted in Radio4All and adopt WIRT as your KRFP DJ.
On a Saturday autumnal equinox, over three dozen fracking protesters from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington participated in the Global Frackdown! in Boise on the Idaho Capitol steps. In conjunction with similar demonstrations in 200 places around the world, the mid-day rally and evening message projection drew leadership and support from Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction, Wild Idaho Rising Tide, United Vision for Idaho, Occupy Spokane, Occupy Boise, the Ontario Autonomous American Indian Chapter, GMO Free Idaho, and concerned citizens of the region. Organizers, speakers, and protesters attracted local television news coverage as they exposed the potential risks of looming hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and waste ejection wells in Idaho, called for stronger government oversight, and launched an informal statewide petition requesting a ban of these processes that contaminate water, air, and land.