Megaload Countdown: Protest & Monitor!

[Update: Last night, on Tuesday, January 10, Imperial Oil and its hauler Mammoet moved only one of its three tar sands modules up Highway 95, admitting that “two shipments were not able to leave the Port of Lewiston.” Moscow police informed protesters of this postponement after the first load traversed our city streets.  Tonight, Big Oil plans to pummel Idaho roads with the heaviest megaload yet, a 425,000-pound, 215-feet-long climate killer, and with a 60,000-pound, two-lane (24-feet) wide, rolling roadblock.  Please do your part to monitor and protest this deadly procession on Wednesday, January 11, or forever regret your complicity in global devastation.  Join Moscow activists and Wild Idaho Rising Tide members who will supply protest signs, banners, and chants and monitoring partners and guidance.  Bring your friends, family, outrage, strong voice, and recording equipment.  Monitors are meeting near Moscow City Hall, at the corner of Second and Washington streets, at 7:30 pm and after the demonstration.  Protesters are converging at the same location between 9:30 and 10 pm.  Please see the prior announcement for further information and check the ExxonMobil website at for other last-minute, purportedly weather-induced changes.]

On Tuesday, January 10, ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil and its hauler Mammoet will move two huge Alberta tar sands equipment modules weighing 360,000 and 425,000 pounds and a 60,000-pound transport on Highway 95 and Interstate 90 in Idaho.  If weather does not impede their travel, the 15-feet high shipments will leave the Port of Lewiston after 8 pm and block two-lane highways with their 24-feet widths and 75-, 195-, and 215-feet lengths.  Their convoy of industry-sponsored state troopers, pilot vehicle drivers, and flaggers will cross Moscow together, past outraged protesters and Mammoet-paid city police, and otherwise separately commandeer Idaho roadways as it escorts corporate profiteering machinery.  On Tuesday, unless we stop them, the smaller load on a conventional trailer will advance toward Canada as far as a parking/staging area near Lookout Pass, while the other two megaloads on slower hydraulic trailers will attempt to reach milepost 405 on Highway 95.

Moscow activists and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) members need your assistance in protesting and monitoring during the last few nights of this oil company onslaught.  We are gathering near Moscow City Hall at the corner of Second and Washington streets at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, to monitor megaload chaos between Lewiston and Moscow with video, audio, and/or other recording devises.  Please email or call 208-310-2108 before you arrive to monitor.  Also converge between 9:30 and 10 pm on Tuesday, to demonstrate your opposition to current and proposed tar sands transportation projects and/or to monitor the megaload convoy at any and all points north of town.  WIRT will supply gas funds and guidance for megaload monitors as well as protest signs and props for demonstrators.  Call 208-301-8039 to learn how you can participate in this ongoing citizen science, litigation, and occupation endeavor.  We are eagerly anticipating working with you in the streets and on the road to face off with Big Oil!


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