Spokane Coal Export Activists’ Arraignments
Over the next week, Tony Dellwo and Ziggy face arraignment hearings on second degree criminal trespass charges for walking toward the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad bridge over North Division Street near Sprague Avenue, during the Fearless Summer: Coal Export Sacrifice Zone Uprising in Spokane, Washington, on Thursday, June 27. During rush-hour traffic on North Division Street in Spokane on that evening, over 20 people waved protest signs to denounce Northwest coal export and increased fossil fuel rail traffic through northern Idaho and Spokane. Seeking higher activist visibility on the bridge temporarily blocked by a loaded coal train, Tony and Ziggy noted that they did not see “No Trespassing” signs posted near the BNSF tracks and that they received no warnings to leave the area before BNSF patrols cited them. Even when both defendants offered to leave the railroad tracks, BNSF personnel ordered them back onto the coal export route. Moreover, BNSF officers touched one of the activists’ pants two or three times, while inquiring about identification documents, an illegal action forbidden more strictly under Washington codes than by federal laws. In response to these improprieties, Tony and Ziggy are considering possible counter-lawsuits against BNSF. Meanwhile, Tony will appear for arraignment and further case arrangements in Spokane district court, 1800 West Broadway, at 9 am on Friday, July 5; Ziggy appears at the same time and place on Thursday, July 11. Please support these fellow coal export opponents by attending their hearings, to display regional resistance and solidarity.
Boardman Coal Port Hearing, Rally, & Comment Period
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently issued three draft permits for Ambre Energy’s controversial Morrow Pacific project, to regulate air, water, and storm water quality at the proposed Coyote Island coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. DEQ is holding a comment period until 5 pm on July 12 and will host public hearings on Tuesday, July 9, at Blue Mountain Community College in Hermiston and at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With several regional organizations, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists are coordinating a demonstration outside the Hermiston hearing starting at 5:30 pm, upon our return from the Tar Sands Healing Walk (July 5-6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta). We are grateful to work with Oregon groups to plan this rally, integrate it with other hearing activities, and recruit passionate rail route residents, speakers, and protesters from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, Spokane, northern Idaho, and Montana.
Speak out against dirty coal export and its increased river traffic, impacts on fish, wildlife, and recreation, and air and water pollution and subsequent climate change. The Morrow Pacific project needs a full environmental impact statement analysis! Join WIRT and allies at this rally of red-attired protesters opposing the first potentially permitted Northwest coal port. Please read Columbia Riverkeeper’s comment prompts and outreach materials and sign a petition. Pre-register to reserve your testimony opportunity at the Hermiston hearing soon, attend the hearings and rallies, and provide substantive comments expressing opposition to Ambre Energy’s coal export scheme. WIRT still asserts the crucial necessity of emphasizing Idaho and Montana voices in the mix of distant, oral commenters and in the Oregon news. We encourage and appreciate your participation and may also record some interviews or testimony for a Moscow community radio station. Contact WIRT at 208-301-8039 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange a ride from Moscow, Spokane, or Missoula to the July 9 Hermiston hearing and protest.
FBI Investigation of Seattle Climate Activists
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents approached six Seattle climate activists this week, effectively harassing them at home or school. Please share their statement to show solidarity with them, the broader activist community, and whistleblowers disclosing the extent of citizen surveillance by federal agencies. Expect WIRT updates if the situation escalates.
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