WIRT Comments to the City of Moscow on Highway 95 Megaloads

Stephanie Kalasz, City Clerk

Moscow City Hall

206 East Third Street

P.O. Box 9203

Moscow, Idaho 83843


Attachment: WIRT Comments to Moscow Sustainable Environment Commission

Ms. Kalasz,

At the June 15, 2011, special topic session of the Sustainable Environment Commission (SEC), Chair Scott Fedale requested that you circulate to SEC members the attached comments respectfully submitted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT).  City Councilman Tim Brown also expressed his interest in obtaining an electronic version of this document.  We ask that you also share this email message, attachment, and following video link with not only SEC commissioners but with all City Council members and our mayor, Nancy Chaney, as well as city staff who are assessing oil company proposals to transport oversized loads of tar sands equipment (“megaloads”) along Highway 95 through Moscow to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta.

Moscow residents and officials have diligently worked together over the years to build a community that both envisions and embodies the most fundamental and far-reaching principles of sustainability, as we meet the present needs of Moscovites without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Our shared, enlightened vision for the continuing health of the landscapes that surround and sustain us is evident in the many innovative and effective “green” programs and initiatives that the city has sponsored, such as the Sustainable Environment and Tree commissions.  We all enjoy the benefits of our city’s extensive open spaces and parks, beautiful tree-lined streets, handsome historic buildings, and economically vibrant downtown, as well as our enthusiasm for diverse arts, cultures, and education and our strong community spirit. Continue reading

Activists Plan Rally Against Megaloads Saturday

MOSCOW – Activists from Wild Idaho Rising Tide will conduct a rally Saturday against megaloads.

Regional residents are invited to join WIRT for the rally at 10:30 am at the gravel parking lot just north of the Palouse River Drive and U.S. Highway 95 intersection. Organizers plan to employ banners, signs, musical instruments, voices, and a megaload-sized rope outline.

The group will make a two-mile march along the length of the megaload route through Moscow. They can be joined anywhere along the way. The group will conclude its march at the gravel lot on North Main Street at about 12:30 pm.

(By The Lewiston Tribune)