At 935,000 combined pounds, the three Alberta tar sands transports scheduled to damage Highway 95 and Moscow streets on Thursday, January 12, build the heaviest Imperial Oil convoy ever. If the vestiges of a cool climate and winter weather do not scuttle another reinforcing trip to the world’s biggest (232-square-mile) mine, three 24-feet wide, 15-feet high shipments respectively weighing 135,000, 375,000, and 425,000 pounds and measuring 110, 195, and 215 feet long could leave the Port of Lewiston after 8 pm. All of the transports will travel separately except through Moscow, as the smaller module on a conventional trailer moves toward Lookout Pass and the two megaloads on hydraulic trailers lumber toward a parking/staging area near Worley. Idaho state troopers, pilot vehicle drivers, flaggers, and Moscow city police, all paid by the hauler Mammoet, will guard and escort this tar sands equipment instead of the citizen safety, access, and convenience we should all demand on our own roads.
Without the well-deserved representation or responsiveness of our city council, state transportation agency, or legal counsel, our only current recourse to environmental and social justice is through our protesting and monitoring efforts. Along with regional activists and members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), please meet to monitor the Thursday megaloads at 7:30 pm and after the demonstration near Moscow City Hall at the corner of Second and Washington streets. To protest the ongoing devastation of our planet’s ecosystems and atmosphere by our collective hubris and high life, furthered by tar sands megaloads, gather at the same location between 9:30 and 10:00 pm. WIRT will provide monitoring guidance, gas, and partners, protest signs, banners, and chants, and plenty of solidarity if you only bring your spirit of dirty energy resistance and your will to make some meaningful change happen. Rage on, Moscow!