Six-Megaload Rolling Roadblock & Resident Rage

On Tuesday evening, November 29, the contracted hauler Mammoet will transport six megaloads of Alberta tar sands equipment on Highway 95 for ExxonMobil’s Canadian subsidiary Imperial Oil.  If Idaho weather and citizens again abet ecological destruction and Native genocide in northeastern Alberta, three shipments each weighing 80,000 pounds and measuring 80 to 110 feet long will leave the Port of Lewiston after 8 pm.  These 14- to 15-feet high, 24-feet wide, rolling roadblocks will travel independently except when they huddle against Moscow protesters as a single convoy escorted through town by sold-out flaggers and pilot vehicle drivers and our corporate co-opted state police.

Before these three megaloads reach the Highway 95 milepost 405 parking/staging area on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, the previous three modules stranded there by weather since November 15 and viewable at will continue to impede our roads and civil liberties on their way to Lookout Pass and Montana snow.  Even though Mammoet’s travel plan states that all of these transports will only move between 10 pm and 5:30 am, the Dutch company has already transgressed this legal agreement dozens of times.  Without reliable megaload scheduling or public notice, travelers could dangerously encounter up to six rolling roadblocks on the 115 miles between Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene in one night.

As megaload damages on Highway 95 mount, with two people injured, one heart attack patient delayed, four monitors and protesters wrongfully arrested, two vehicles wrecked, and numerous drivers narrowly averting collisions, Wild Idaho Rising Tide continues to build a case against tar sands transportation projects.  We need you to witness and confront ExxonMobil’s monsters on Tuesday night and/or report any observations of reckless convoy practices.  Monitors, please call 208-301-8039 and meet for this most crucial megaload scrutiny on the north side of Moscow City Hall, at the corner of Second and Washington streets, at 7 pm or after the protest between 10:30 and 11 pm.  Bring your various recording or documenting equipment and your thrill for the chase.  Protesters, converge between 9:30 and 10 pm on Tuesday night to remind the oil companies who still owns our public resources and government.  You are the American frontline opposition of tar sands development.  The planet and climate are calling, and the world is watching this industrial invasion!

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