Resist Andeavor/Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads!

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Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists learned on Wednesday, October 4, that Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) and its hauler Mammoet will soon transport nine massive, prefabricated, refinery upgrading components from the Port of Anacortes to March Point, Washington [1-3].  These “module movements” started rolling through Anacortes between Monday, October 2, and Thursday, October 5, off-loaded at the port and transfered multiple times during daylight hours (8 am to 5 pm) to a staging area at R Avenue and Ninth Street in Anacortes.  For their part in this scheme, Washington Department of Transportation crews did some overnight work on Wednesday-Thursday, October 4 and 5, requiring single lane closures and brief traffic holds while preparing to swing some intersection signal lights out of the path of the behemoths.  The first three “superloads” measure more than 30 feet wide and high and 200-plus feet long, but the last six cargos are smaller.

Mammoet is moving only one combination of tractor pull and push trucks, trailers, and pieces of refinery equipment per night during five early morning hours (midnight to 5 am), eastbound along sections of road successively closed then reopened to all regular traffic.  The oversized units will each travel 6.5 miles over minimal hills on Friday night, October 6-7, through Sunday morning, October 15.  During the first hour (midnight to 1 am), they will disrupt R Avenue between the staging area and Washington Highway 20, and according to posted warning signs, impede Highway 20 to March Point Road between 1 and 2:30 am, March Point Road to the North Texas Road intersection between 2 and 3:30 am, and that intersection to the North Texas gate and into the refinery between 3:30 and 4:30 am.  Mammoet must safely cover each segment of the route, from the staging area to its destination, during the designated time slots, or abandon its attempt for the night.

Andeavor claims that, “as part of our Clean Products Upgrade Project, the new modules will enable the refinery to further reduce the sulfur content of its transportation fuels, and meet the new Federal Tier 3 standards to reduce emissions.”  But WIRT encountered other likely deceptive, oil company propaganda concerning sulfur when the last three mining and refining megaloads crossed Idaho and Montana to a Great Falls tar sands refinery in fall 2014.  We believe that these megaloads upgrading the Andeavor refinery at March Point could expand its capacity to process Canadian tar sands, and thus impose myriad harms and forestall transitions to clean, alternative energy sources: Continue reading

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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Ordinances & Forced Pooling, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads, Washington Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, Spokane & Minnesota Climate Necessity Defenses 10-18-17


The Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on protective, local ordinances and forced pooling of oil and gas leases in Idaho, Tesoro megaload upgrades of an Anacortes refinery, possible expansion of a northwest Washington, tar sands pipeline, and Spokane and Minnesota court decisions allowing activists’ necessity defense and climate change expert testimony.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads, Moscow Indigenous Peoples Day, Shelley Brock of CAIA on Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling, North Dakota Felony Convictions of Tar Sands Valve Turners 10-11-17


The Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on nine Andeavor-Tesoro megaloads moving from the Port of Anacortes to a March Point refinery, Moscow City Council renaming of Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability on forced pooling of oil and gas leases and development in Idaho, and court refusal of climate change testimony before the North Dakota, felony convictions of tar sands pipeline valve turners Michael Foster and Sam Jessup.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance 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 Rejection, Derailed Montana Coal Combustion, North Idaho Railroad Expansion & Spill Training, Coal Dust Health Impacts, North Dakota Valve Turner Trial 10-4-17


The Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on Washington state permit rejection of a Longview coal terminal, combustion of derailed coal in Montana, north Idaho rail bridge and track expansion, catastrophic spill training on Lake Pend Oreille, coal dust impacts on human health, and tar sands pipeline valve turner Michael Foster’s trial in a North Dakota court.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Montana Coal Train Spill Cleanup, Denied Coal Terminal Permit, Empty Rail Bridge Test Site, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Columbia Gorge Trains Near Wildfires, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling & Auctions 9-27-17


The Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on belated cleanup of spilled, smoldering coal five weeks after a Montana derailment along the Clark Fork River.  We also cover Washington state agency denial of a key permit for the last, proposed, Northwest, coal train terminal, seasonal conclusion of second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge test work, Spokane coal and oil train blockader court hearing updates, hazardous material trains near Columbia Gorge wildfires, and Idaho oil and gas lease auctions, forced pooling applications, mineral owner objections, and hearings.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners Conversation with Wen Stephenson, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Second Lake Rail Bridge Equipment Removal, Smoldering Montana Coal Train Spill 9-20-17


The Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a webcast conversation among the tar sands pipeline valve turners and independent author and activist Wen Stephenson, discussing their climate direct action motivated by hope and doom.  We also cover upcoming court hearings of coal and oil train blockader George Taylor in Spokane, equipment removal from the second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, pile load test site near Sandpoint, and smoldering, uncleared coal at the August 13, Clark Fork River, coal train derailment and spill site in Montana.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: An Inconvenient Sequel Reactions, Highway 95 Lawsuit Decision, Climate Change Effects on Western Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey Pollution, Yellowstone Area Earthquakes 9-13-17


The Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections about Al Gore’s climate cataclysm film, An Inconvenient Sequel, a federal lawsuit decision on Highway 95 realignment and expansion near Moscow, climate change effects on western U.S. wildfires and smoke, Hurricane Harvey’s polluted aftermath, and Idaho and Montana earthquake swarms near the Yellowstone volcano.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Steve Ullrich on Federal, Highway 95 Lawsuit, Montana Coal Train Wreck, Regional Meteorite Fireball, Northwest Wildfires & Smoke, Abandoned Oil Terminal Proposals, Wisconsin Pipeline Protests


The Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a KRFP report and interview of Steve Ullrich of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, about a federal lawsuit challenging the eastern alignment and expansion of U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow.  We also cover news about the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck near Heron, a regionally seen, meteorite fireball, hazardous, Northwest air conditions and evacuations from record wildfires, two abandoned, Grays Harbor, oil-by-rail terminal proposals, and water protector actions against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline construction in Wisconsin.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Third Panhandle Paddle Report & Photos


Third Panhandle Paddle 8-27-17 (35 event photos)

Thanks to each and all of the grassroots activists who converged from across the country, for third, annual, Panhandle Paddle activities co-hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies, on August 25 to 27 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Participants discussed, trained for, planned, and staged resistance to Alberta tar sands, Bakken shale oil, and Powder River Basin coal trains and terminals that have caused wrecks, fires, spills, and pollution throughout the Northwest, from the Clark Fork upriver town of Heron, Montana, to the Columbia River Gorge village of Mosier, Oregon, and dozens of other locations.  Their enthusiastic involvement shows that Northwest residents will continue to protest fossil fuel and railroad industry proposals of new and expanded infrastructure, like north Idaho, double track construction and a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge.  After seven Idaho and Montana train derailments and collisions, two deadly, in seven months within 43 miles of Sandpoint, concerned citizens are rising up against coal and oil train traffic that recklessly endangers the health and safety of Northwest communities, environments, and the global climate. Continue reading

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The Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a shirtless, coal train rider in Spokane, Third Panhandle Paddle actions and increased fossil fuel train traffic in Sandpoint, and the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and oil trains in Montana.  We also cover a Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal hearing in Vancouver, a ballot measure proposed to fine uncovered coal trains and volatile oil trains in Spokane, a tar sands pipeline valve turner court hearing in Minnesota, and earthquakes around the current and proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridges.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.