Climate Justice Forum 11-24-14


The Monday, November 24, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss recent resistance to oil and gas development in southwest Idaho, the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, British Columbia, natural gas storage by Seneca Lake, New York, and other industrial invasions and grassroots opposition.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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WIRT Newsletter: Payette River Gas Well & P&Z Hearing Tank Farms


Smoke Ranch 1-20 Well View from River

Please comment by Friday, November 14, the day after Alta Mesa Services plans to drill a 4000-foot-deep, vertical, natural gas well, surrounded by casing that will eventually or immediately leak into Birding Island, only 385 feet from the Payette River, upstream from its confluence with Big Willow Creek and closely downstream from the impacted Payette River Wildlife Management Area, composed of braided river channels, wetlands, ponds, and riparian habitat to the southeast. Imagine and witness the destructive scene from NW Fourth Avenue, New Plymouth, Idaho, across the river and a short distance up the right side of the floodplain dirt road in the following photo.  Before drilling the nearby, temporarily capped Smoke Ranch well 1-21 in July 2013, Alta Mesa pumped standing water off and later spilled diesel and/or drilling mud on the square well pad off Highway 52 to the northeast.  In the next few weeks or months, Alta Mesa could complete gathering line installation from a dozen other idle wells to the Highway 30 processing plant, and could unfortunately further initiate and achieve full production.  Check these two previous Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) facebook posts for links assisting your comments to the Idaho Department of Lands at comments@idl.idaho.gov and brjohnson@idl.idaho.gov.

Facebook Photo Post (November 6, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

Facebook Photo Post (November 9, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

Also plan to attend and fill the courtroom for the Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing at 7 pm on Thursday, November 13. On the agenda, Alta Mesa proposes constructing tank farms on six existing well sites and one radio tower, all on Simplot land in the bluffs surrounding Little Willow Creek, above the Payette River and Fruitland and Payette, Idaho.  See the following agenda and event links and visit the Payette County Courthouse at 1130 Third Avenue North in Payette.

Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Agenda (Payette County)

Payette County Planning & Zoning Commission (Alma Hasse facebook event)

Acoustic Folk Benefit Concert


Acoustic Folk Benefit Concert Flyer

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is hosting a special fall benefit concert to open the year-end giving season and raise funds for strategic relocation and expansion of our anti-fossil fuels infrastructure, direct action campaign and operations in southwest Idaho. Please join community supporters and WIRT activists at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho, from 6 to 9 pm on Sunday, November 16, for a social hour with refreshments and discussion of ongoing WIRT climate justice campaigns and an evening of rousing, acoustic, live folk and blues music at this intimate downtown venue.

At 7 pm, local husband-and-wife composers and musicians Joshua Yeidel and Sharon Cousins will open performances with their original, eclectic, multi-generational songs and lyrical messages of love and life, history and hope.  After performing as solo street musicians in San Francisco, Sharon and Josh have been filling the Palouse community with tunes since their migration to the region in 1976, lately hailing from a ridge above Viola.  They have formed and collaborated with several, local, folk/rock bands over the years, including Sun-on-the-Mountain, Jasper, We Here Now, and Sagin’ Time, performing primarily at Inland Northwest festivals, concerts, and private parties, and producing and releasing the albums Sign to the Blind, Early Morning Rising Glow, and The Taste of Life Itself [1].  Through a revitalizing mixture of uniquely upbeat, inclusive, alternative music, these fellow WIRT members have been singing since they could talk and playing their primary, respective instruments, the guitar and flute, for more than 50 years.  Together, they offer concert listeners over a century of experience in the enlightening joy of rich, diverse music.

Tom Bennett of Salt Lake City will take the stage next. A native of Villa Rica in the rural, north Georgia countryside, Tom is a true, relentless, traveling, folk/blues singer and activist [2, 3].  At age nine, he began playing the harmonica given to him by an old woman from West Virginia.  He has journeyed in nearly every U.S. state on buses, freight trains, and by hitchhiking, and has stayed with East Los Angeles gang members and at isolated, polygamist enclaves.  Always seeking adventures, Tom shares his stories while performing on resonator guitar, harmonica, tambourine, suitcase percussion, and vocals, which he often plays together in the style of a one-man-band busker, as demonstrated in his recent video rendition of Sharecropper’s Blues [4].  Along with founding a regular, folk-music showcase and a folk-centric record label, Sweet Salt Records, and releasing a debut album, The Man Who Shook the Trail of the Devil’s Hounds, this talented and inspiring musician likes doing shows that spread awareness of various issues [5].  He has performed at the Utah March against Monsanto and the Clean Air No Excuses rally at the Utah Capitol, and at other human rights and environmental events besides a recent, 20-plus-state, summer tour through the West Coast and Deep South. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Lynne Quarmby 11-10-14


The Monday, November 10, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Lynne Quarmby, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia (B.C.), and one of five defendants in a $5.6 million injunction SLAPP lawsuit brought by Texas-based Kinder Morgan.  Lynne will discuss the background of government, industry, and resistance actions and their implications for unceded Coast Salish territories and indigenous and settler protectors of Burnaby Mountain forest conservation lands from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline expansion, in the wake of a years of citizen opposition, City of Burnaby and other lawsuits, recent encounters with Kinder Morgan survey crews, and Supreme Court of B.C. hearings on the SLAPP lawsuit.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum 11-3-14


The Monday, November 3, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss Idaho political candidates’ stands on extreme energy, grassroots resistance to Payette County gas pipelines and the TransCanada tar sands pipeline in British Columbia, blockades and arrests confronting natural gas invasions and policies in New York state, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Washington DC, and the thousand-strong turnout at Washington state public hearings and rallies debating rail and ship transport of Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken shale oil across the Northwest.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism news and dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her/his KRFP DJ.