Hundreds, if not thousands, of Moscow area and Highway 95 corridor residents oppose the relentless, nefarious parade of corporate power and climate chaos that ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil tar sands equipment represents. With only three more opportunities to express your outrage, please join regional citizens and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists on Wednesday, February 15, to protest and monitor these transports.
If weather does not impede their plans, shipment hauler Mammoet, along with Idaho state troopers, Moscow city police, flaggers, and pilot vehicle drivers, intend to escort three megaload parts of a tar sands processing plant separately from the Port of Lewiston after 8 pm on Wednesday, until they reach Moscow, where a single convoy will cross town and later disperse.
Each measuring 15 feet tall and blocking two lanes with their 22 to 24 feet widths, one 150-feet long, 199,000-pound load on a conventional trailer will rumble toward a parking/staging area near Wallace and Lookout Pass. The 135-feet long, 260,000-pound transport and the 215-feet long, 415,000-pound megaload on hydraulic trailers will pummel our roads and bridges on their way to the privatized pull-off near Highway 95 milepost 405.
Convoy monitors are converging at the corner of Second and Washington streets, on the north side of Moscow City Hall at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, to document safety and traffic violations between Lewiston and Moscow. Megaload protesters are meeting at the same location with signs, banners, musical instruments, and voices between 9:30 and 10 pm, to demonstrate our ongoing opposition. Monitors heading north to follow the industry circus will leave just after the rally.
Please join us for these last three large protests in Moscow, as we continue to repulse tar sands traffic on ANY Northwest highway. Contact WIRT by phone (208-301-8039), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or website (WildIdahoRisingTide.org) to learn how you can participate in kicking ExxonMobil’s rear end as it departs north central Idaho.