Climate Justice Forum: Second Lake Pend Oreille Rail Bridge, Hanford Radioactive Tunnel Collapse, Tar Sands Pipeline Protests at Seattle Banks, New York Gas Storage Opposition Victory, Shelley Brock on Idaho Oil & Gas Resistance 5-17-17


The Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), discusses the second, proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge near Sandpoint, collapse of a Hanford Site radioactive storage tunnel, tar sands pipeline opponent protests at Seattle area Chase banks, and upstate New York victory over a lakeside methane storage facility.  We also air the third half-hour of an April 29 presentation by Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability, at the Moscow forum called Oil and Gas Development and Resistance in Idaho Communities.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Longview Coal Terminal Impact Statement, North Idaho Climate Marches, Second Lake Pend Oreille Rail Bridge Protest, Shelley Brock on Oil & Gas in Idaho 5-10-17


The Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), discusses the final, Washington state and county environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, north Idaho climate marches, and a community meeting and protest of the second, proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge near Sandpoint.  We also air the third half-hour of an April 29 presentation by Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability, at the Moscow forum called Oil and Gas Development and Resistance in Idaho Communities.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Second Lake Rail Bridge Protest #1 Report


Thanks to each of the 20 indigenous, community, and climate activists who participated in the Second Lake Rail Bridge Protest #1 between 9 and 11:30 am on Monday, May 8, on the Dog Beach Park path and site of pile drive tests in preparation for Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s (BNSF) proposed, second, 4800-foot, rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille, near Sandpoint, Idaho! [1-3]

At 9:09 am, BNSF again attempted, but failed this time, to rush a westbound, unit oil train past a rail-line community, in advance of another demonstration. The train crossed over Sand Creek near its lake outlet, on the single-track bridge that BNSF plans to double-track along with construction of the parallel lake bridge.  Water protectors at the event stood with banners in the mid-morning light and close proximity to the train that WIRT activists documented with high-resolution photos clearly identifying its “1267” crude oil hazmat placards.  They later noticed several alarming components of these tanker cars illustrated in the photos: tangles of snaggable, undercarriage wires and tanker end valves facing each other on adjacent cars and protruding from rectangular, metal bar “shields.”  These purportedly safe rail cars looked like an end-to-end, heavy, oil car crash accident waiting to happen.

Marching with protest signs visibly close to U.S. Highway 95, the Bonner County residents and three Washington friends waved to the BNSF cops and contracted, Oregon workers, before reaching the lake shore and standing with banners in front of the pile drive crane and the Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge. As new participants arrived, they circled, smudged, prayed, drummed, and sang in ceremony, then reflected on and discussed second rail bridge concerns among themselves and on video.  They gradually dispersed and waved goodbye to the railroad crew and police, and gathered for lunch before three visiting Kalispel Nation and Spokane activists departed. Continue reading

Second Lake Rail Bridge Protest #1


THANKS to everyone who contributed practical and passionate insights to the Thursday evening, May 4, Second Rail Bridge Community Meeting. Resulting from this amazing, shared, grassroots organizing, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies have initiated three ongoing projects in resistance to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway’s (BNSF) proposed, second, rail bridge in Lake Pend Oreille.

First, we have opened conversations and continue to seek information from city, county, state, and federal regulatory agencies responsible for bridge testing and building permits. As further discussed in an upcoming report with issue background and recent developments, on Monday, May 8, BNSF will commence two preliminary pile load tests on land (not near water or in the lake, as assumed) below the railroad tracks north of Dog Beach Park just outside Sandpoint, Idaho, in its right-of-way property, requiring no permitting.

Second, we are composing a legally defensible, sign-on letter to include numerous, regional groups in opposition to initial pile load tests and proposed construction of a second lake rail bridge. Our coordinated outreach is asking for the support of elected officials, media, allies, and the regional community, as we build a strong case against this BNSF plan.

Third, as the first of many likely demonstrations, we are protesting BNSF pile drive work near Dog Beach Park. Please join WIRT and allied climate and community activists and Kalispel Nation members at 9 am on Monday, May 8, for the Second Lake Rail Bridge Protest #1.  Meet us in the parking lots near the Power House (120 East Lake Street) or visitor center/trailhead at the East Superior Street/Highway 95 intersection or on the bike path north of Dog Beach Park.  Bring your protest signs and banners, drums, voice, and, for protection from pile drive noise, ear plugs, to vote early and often with your body against this first and subsequent, second bridge invasions!

Power Up!  Resist, Insist, Persist!  Warriors Up!

Climate Justice Forum: Shelley Brock at Oil & Gas Development & Resistance Forum, Second Lake Pend Oreille Rail Bridge near Sandpoint, WIRT Regional Outreach & Organizing 5-3-17


The Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features an April 29 presentation by Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability at the Oil and Gas Development and Resistance in Idaho Communities forum in Moscow.  We also discuss a second, proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge near Sandpoint, and recent and upcoming, WIRT outreach, organizing, and training projects at and beyond Earth Day and climate march events throughout the region.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Second Rail Bridge Community Meeting


Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), RADAR, and allied, indigenous and climate activists are hosting a community meeting to discuss and design resistance to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) plans for a second, parallel, rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille and associated, potentially illegal, temporary ramps and heavy equipment on public lands and pile driven, load bearing tests in the lake, starting on Monday, May 1.  Concerned, regional citizens are welcome to participate from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 4, in Rooms 103 and 104 of the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Predictably in conservative, small, Idaho towns, direct action seems our only recourse, without any public input opportunities, or even information, about the permitting processes for these railroad invasions impacting water and air quality and community noise levels and access to public lands and waters.  Photos of a BNSF ad in the Sunday, April 30, Bonner County Daily Bee bear logistical information about rail bridge work already underway [1].  WIRT website and facebook event pages will soon expand this announcement to provide further issue, meeting, and protest information.

Also on this May Day, the second, Sandpoint area, train derailment in one and a half months occurred around 6 am, on BNSF tracks paralleling U.S. Highway 95, less than 13 rail miles west of the current and proposed, 4800-foot, rail bridges over Lake Pend Oreille [2].  About 25 scattered, mangled cars of a presumably westbound, unit, corn train left the straight rail line in front of Valley Vista Ranch near Cocolalla, north of Highway 95 milepost 460.  On March 17, an eastbound, empty, unit, coal train derailed between Ponderay and Kootenai, only three rail miles east of the lake rail bridge.

[1] Second Rail Bridge Community Meeting, May 1, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook photo

[2] The Second, Sandpoint Area, Train Derailment…, May 1, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook photo

Climate Justice Forum: Second Lake Pend Oreille Rail Bridge, Abandoned Alaska Coal Mining Proposal, Standing Rock Water Protector Workshop, Shelley Brock on Idaho Oil & Gas Invasions, Anti-Repression Organizer on Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance 4-26-17


The Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), shares news about a second, possible, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge near Sandpoint, an abandoned, Alaska, coal mining proposal, recent, Earth Week outreach by WIRT, and an upcoming, Standing Rock water protector workshop, Idaho oil and gas presentation and forum, and climate marches in north Idaho.  We also air a talk by Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability on Idaho oil and gas invasions, and an interview with an anti-repression organizer about Dakota Access pipeline resistance.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Oil & Gas Development & Resistance in Idaho Communities


Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA), and allied activists earnestly invite you to participate in a presentation and forum on fossil fuel extraction in Idaho, held at 7 pm on Saturday, April 29, in the 1912 Center Fiske Room, 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho.  In the wake of the Lori Batina Memorial Climate March and the People’s Climate March in Sandpoint, we are grateful and honored to welcome Shelley Brock of CAIA in Eagle, Idaho, sharing with the Moscow-Pullman-Palouse community an evening talk about oil and gas development and resistance in Idaho communities and associated, practical solutions to the regional causes of the global climate crisis [1-3].

Through a brief presentation with photos, giving a descriptive overview of the current, Treasure Valley, oil and gas situation and offering a question-and-answer session and open forum afterward, Shelley will inform and show audience members the extent of Idaho oil and gas leasing, the effects of fossil fuels drilling and producing, and the efforts of citizen, legal challenges of integration (forced pooling) applications.  She will also bring and display a dozen posters and distribute printed material about these oil and gas industry invasions impacting landowners and taxpayers throughout the state.

This public education opportunity aims to empower and encourage Idahoans and their neighbors to gain and exchange knowledge and understanding of climate change sources in Idaho, to initiate and sustain effective, grassroots, resistance work, and to support concerned, fellow citizens on the southwest Idaho gasland frontlines.  The Union of Concerned Scientists states that, “In 2014, approximately 78 percent of U.S. global warming emissions were energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide.  Of this, approximately 42 percent was from oil and other liquids, 32 percent from coal, and 27 percent from natural gas.” [4]

During Earth Week outreach events at the University of Idaho and Washington State University, students expressed great interest in this talk.  With your friends and families, please attend this well researched, highly recommended presentation, to learn about new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, operations, rules and legislation, and organized opposition in Idaho and across the Northwest.  CAIA and WIRT appreciate your work on climate and fossil fuels issues and your potential participation in this forum with free admission and requested contributions toward discussions and event costs. Continue reading

The Frontline Is Everywhere: Water Protectors Anti-Repression Workshop


Please join regional climate and indigenous activists of the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew, RADAR, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) for The Frontline Is Everywhere Workshop, from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 27, at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  From pipelines and other fossil fuel invasions to courtrooms and prisons, we plan to discuss how to build strong movement defenses, resist grand juries, and expand anti-repression efforts, by learning from experiences of participants in the Standing Rock and allied camps opposing the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

This spring, NoDAPL water protectors and legal team members are facilitating trainings across Turtle Island (North America), sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock, and about building network capacities for defense against this instance and other cases and forms of state repression.

As extractive industries and governments escalate their repressive tactics against activists who stand in resistance, this two-hour workshop provides valuable information for everyone who struggles for indigenous sovereignty, Earth liberation, and a future without oppression.  It is open to all who have participated in the movement at Standing Rock, who have supported its on-the-ground efforts from their homes and territories elsewhere, and who fight on the many frontlines that constantly emerge across the continent.

Active resistance to DAPL has not ended at Standing Rock, as nearly 800 water protectors persevere with battles in courtrooms, some facing federal felony indictments that carry potential, 15-year, federal prison sentences.  The grand jury targeting water protectors – and resistance to it – continue.

Vibrant movements and interdependent relationships make activists and communities resilient to attempts to shut down struggles against oppression.  Join us in talking about ways to together strengthen our movements!  For further information or to print and post a PDF version of the tabloid-sized, color The Frontline Is Everywhere Workshop Flyer (with artwork by Jackie Fawn Illustrations), please contact WIRT and/or visit the website and facebook pages of the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew and WIRT (at the enclosed links). Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: April WIRT & Allied Events, Idaho Oil & Gas Legislation, North Idaho Megaloads, Oil Train Route Defects, Spokane Coal & Oil Train Initiative, Montana-Led Lawsuit Against Keystone XL Pipeline 4-19-17


The Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), shares news about Earth week and climate march events, a water protector workshop and fossil fuels forum, Idaho oil and gas legislation, north Idaho megaloads, and another train-vehicle collision.  We also report on oil train route defects, a Spokane ballot initiative restricting oil and coal train cargo, a tar sands pipeline valve turner film, and a Montana-led lawsuit against the recent Keystone XL pipeline permit.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, 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.