Fellow activists and friends,
Missing our northern Idaho anti-fracking comrades, but in solidarity with the wounded, the warriors, and the community of Mi’kmaq people, as the North American civil war against fossil fuels commences with spilt blood, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) traveled cross-state on Friday for the Idaho Global Frackdown 2 on Saturday. On the way, WIRT delivered $1225 in Moscow community contributions raised at the September 20 benefit concert for the legal expenses of arrested Nez Perce megaload protesters. Due to a weekend on the road (THAT would be a blockade…!), Idaho and New Brunswick fracking, tar sands/megaload, and movement updates since October 13 will have to wait until the next WIRT newsletter. For now, as documented in the following links, please watch for, photograph/videotape, and report to WIRT and allies any 12- to 13-foot tall, silver, stainless steel barrels on two-foot-high trailers on Highways 12 and 95 and at the Port of Wilma. They are pieces of the purportedly “irreducible” evaporator stranded by the Nez Perce/Idaho Rivers United court case. And please pitch in to help arrested Nimiipuu activists raise $800 over the next week.
SELECTED MEGALOAD NEWS
Tribal Members Opt to Contest Nuisance Beefs (September 21 Lewiston Tribune)
On October 16, an attorney agreed to represent all but a few of the arrested Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) and allied activists, defending them against charges incurred during early August blockades and protests of an Alberta tar sands waste fluid evaporator traversing Highway 12 in Idaho. The group lawyer has requested a $2000 retainer fee as soon as possible, so Nez Perce and WIRT activists are seeking $800 in donations, beyond the $1200 that generous Moscow supporters raised for our Nimiipuu allies at the September 20 benefit concert. Please donate soon through WIRT’s WePay link or by sending a check to Wild Idaho Rising Tide at P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, ID 83843, specifying Nez Perce recipients. We also welcome your notes to email@example.com about your contribution, which we will share with these passionately courageous defenders of their homeland, treaty, and tar sands impacted indigenous people. Thank you!
Fall 2013 Moscow Megaload Protests (October 16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)
We eagerly anticipate further videos and photographs captured by participants in the Tuesday night Moscow megaload protest, No Tar Sands Megaloads Anywhere!, as we prepare for ongoing confrontations with Alberta tar sands equipment on Highway 95 and beyond. See the WIRT photo album description and captions for more information.
NORTHWEST COAL EXPORTS
Two Train Cars Derail in East Spokane (October 1 KREM TV)
Although not as horrific as the 31 coal train cars that wrecked near Mesa, Washington, on July 2, 2012, the September 30 derailment only a few blocks from the former Occupy Spokane Clubhouse thankfully involved only empty cars, not full Bakken shale oil tankers or loaded coal cars. It underscored the implicit danger of carbon fuel rail corridors through densely populated areas.
Train Hits Truck on East Trent, Man Pulled from Wreckage (October 11 KREM TV)
Another East Spokane/Spokane Valley train-vehicle collision last Friday, after a more serious (intentional?) wreck in September
Train Strikes Car, Injures One (September 6 KXLY)
State to Study Coal Train Impact on Kent (September 20 Kent Reporter)
According to Kent, Washington, transportation engineering manager Steve Mullen, even without a wide scope of study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review could halt the Gateway Pacific coal port project: “The majority of their review will involve mitigation for the damages to the Lummi Indian Tribe burial grounds and fishing grounds…The Corps has broad powers to deny permits that infringe on tribal rights. If the Lummi reject the mitigation proposals, the permit most likely will not go forward.”
The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Coal Industry (September 30 Greenpeace)
King Coal’s Last Stand (October 4 Vice)
An in-depth investigation of the folly of proposed Northwest coal exports, centered on interviews with Washington Department of Ecology regional director Josh Baldi, Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports spokesperson Lauri Hennessey, Lummi Nation totem pole carver Jewell James, Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, and Sightline Institute program director Clark Williams-Derry