Late September Happenings
* Forest Service Issues Closure Order for Megaloads on Highway 12 (September 18 Spokesman-Review)
This closure applies only to Omega Morgan megaloads, which may now use Highway 95 instead, and could be lifted by the Forest Service when it completes its corridor impacts review and Nez Perce tribal consultation.
A heavy haul transporter based in Compton, California, wants to ship three massive refinery vessels, weighing over 1,100,000 pounds, measuring up to 324 feet long, and requiring two push trucks, from the Port of Lewiston to Great Falls, Montana, by November.
* Weekly Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) potluck/meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, September 19, at the WIRT Activist House, to discuss tactics and strategies for possibly impending Highway 95 megaloads and organization of other upcoming events
* Chasing Ice time-lapse video documentary depicting vanishing global ice cover at 7 pm on Thursday, September 19, at Grace Lutheran Church, 3434 Sixth Street in Lewiston (see the Chasing Ice PSA & Poster)
* Arraignment of 28 arrested mostly Nez Perce tribal megaload protesters on public nuisance infractions (unlawfully obstructing movement on a public highway) at 9 am on Friday, September 20, in Nez Perce Tribal Court, 149 Lolo Street in Lapwai WIRT is stilling searching for carpoolers from the Palouse: contact us!
* At the Benefit Concert for Nez Perce Megaload Protesters, at 7 pm in the Unitarian Church, 420 East Second Street in Moscow (after the 6:30 parade from Friendship Square), the presence of a New York Times reporter gives us one more incentive to shine and give graciously. Our small-town party just went big-time, besides coverage through the nationally broadcast, Monday, September 16 Flashpoints interview of Helen Yost. Maybe our Moscow megaload protests will finally garner some broader recognition, albeit as an eternal side-kick to the Highway 12 saga, and people will take to the streets on other megaload routes…
* Tunes with ’Tude (September 19 Lewiston Tribune Inland 360 article about the benefit concert)
* Draw the Line on the Keystone XL Pipeline on the Palouse action led by 350 Idaho and Washington State University environmental groups, with photo petitions and an artificial pipeline starting at 8 am on Saturday, September 21, at the Moscow Farmers Market in Friendship Square in Moscow
* Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia presentation hosted by the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, September 23, at the University of Idaho Menard Law Building, 709 South Deakin Street in Moscow
* Public Scoping Hearing about Longview Coal Export Terminal on Wednesday, September 25, at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard in Spokane Get a lottery ticket online to testify or give to a speaker if it is chosen, wear red and show support, submit a comment, and voice your concerns about the community impacts of an additional 16 coal trains every 24 hours through our region, en route to southwest Washington for coal export to Asia. Join the rally at 3 pm at the nearby Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain before the doors to the convention center open at 4 pm, and attend the hearing between 5 and 8 pm. Carpools from the Palouse to Spokane depart the WIRT Activist House in Moscow at 1 pm next Wednesday. If you would like to volunteer to ensure a hearing packed with coal opponents, contact Jace Bylenga at email@example.com.
* The Carbon Exports Forum on Thursday, September 26, at the University of Washington in Seattle will feature various Rising Tide activists in a panel presentation and discussion about 20 proposed Northwest fossil fuel projects and radical resistance to them throughout the region.
* The Rising Tide Regional Summit of Northwest groups on Friday through Sunday, September 27 to 29, in the Bellingham area offers opportunities to establish and expand relationships and build and coordinate coherent strategies in our local campaigns and as a regional network.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide
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