WIRT Newsletter: Friday Southern Idaho Protest, First Oregon Megaload Travails

Idaho and Montana Tar Sands Megaload Protests!

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies have postponed Idaho megaload protesting and monitoring activities, centered on Boise carpools and a demonstration in Marsing, Idaho, until Friday evening, December 27.  On Friday, December 20, the Idaho Transportation Department issued a permit, without a bond, for Omega Morgan to abuse Idaho roads, bridges, and citizen rights and to degrade indigenous and public lands and people.  On the WIRT website and facebook pages, we will regularly update the tentative dates, times, places, and carpool arrangements of megaload resistance events in or near Marsing, Mountain Home, Bellevue, and Salmon, Idaho, and in Missoula and other Montana locations.  Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors, and come prepared with protest signs, banners, and equipment, musical instruments, voices, and chants, audio and video recorders, cameras, notepads, and your spirit of solidarity, regional resistance, and freedom of expression.

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The Winter Travails of the First Oregon Tar Sands Megaload

The inaugural Resources Conservation Company International/Omega Morgan-hauled heat exchanger core of a tar sands mining wastewater evaporator recently struggled against weather and road conditions on the final leg of its Oregon journey in Malheur County, after encountering four blockades, a week of Umatilla tribal vigilance and ceremonies, snow, ice, and frigid weather, and steep curving highways, since it departed the Port of Umatilla on Monday, December 2.  As illustrated in a constantly updated map of the approximate travel segments of the first of three similar megaloads, the transport launched after two blockades from A, the Port of Umatilla, moving 37 miles to Pendleton, where snowy, cold weather forced a week-long layover [1].  During its hiatus, Umatilla tribal members gathered each evening at about 7 pm, offering prayers, songs, and indigenous leadership in defense of the Earth against fossil fuels pillage [2].  With several Umatilla megaload monitors in hot pursuit of the convoy, it resumed travel on Tuesday, December 10, south on Highway 395 through the McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Battle Mountain State Scenic Corridor and Forest, moving 47 miles to C, Ukiah [3]. Continue reading