Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Senate Oil & Gas Bill Hearing & Protest 2-24-16


The Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses southwest Idaho oil and gas legislation and a subsequent protest and rejected fossil fuel infrastructure on the Columbia River, and airs excerpts of oral testimony during a recent committee hearing on Idaho Senate Bill 1339 that would limit the public participation processes of oil and gas development proposals.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Friday Oil & Gas Bill Hearing & Monday Boise Protest/Carpools


Please take urgent action on these two significant Idaho oil and gas resistance events.  Thanks to Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) of Fruitland, Idaho, for organizing and sharing news about them!  Contact CAIA with your questions and suggestions at info@integrityandaccountability.org, IntegrityAndAccountability.org, or 208-963-5707.

Friday: Oppose Idaho Senate Bill 1339

The first oil and gas bill of the 2016 session is printed and scheduled to be heard on Friday, February 19, at 1:30 pm MST, first on the day’s agenda of the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee [1, 2].  Attorney Kate Haas of the law firm Kestrel West, representing the primary Idaho oil and gas development company, Alta Mesa, will present Senate Bill 1339 (S1339) in Room WW55 of the Idaho Capitol in Boise [3].  Please participate in this hearing by attending in support of bill opponents, submitting your written comments in advance or in person, and/or speaking against S1339 for up to three minutes.  Contact Committee members by phone or email before the hearing.

Call 208-332-1323 and/or email sres@senate.idaho.gov, to extend your comments to all of the committee members together, or write to each and all of them at their individual addresses: Steve Bair <sbair@senate.idaho.gov>, Clifford Bayer <cbayer@senate.idaho.gov>, Marv Hagedorn <mhagedorn@senate.idaho.gov>, Lee Heider <lheider@senate.idaho.gov>, Roy Lacey <rlacey@senate.idaho.gov>, Sherry Nuxoll <snuxoll@senate.idaho.gov>, Jeff Siddoway <jsiddoway@senate.idaho.gov>, Michelle Stennett <mstennett@senate.idaho.gov>, Steve Vick <sjvick@senate.idaho.gov>.

S1339 would expedite all Idaho oil and gas development applications and further exclude Idahoans from crucial public input, as described in the following and attached, useful, talking points.  As an emergency bill, effective with Governor Otter’s signature, S1339 would essentially and immediately strip all due public process from oil and gas permitting in Idaho, risking the integrity of Idaho law and private and public property rights.  Compounding ongoing oil and gas industry degradation of the health and safety of Idahoans and their environment, this legislation, if passed over strong citizen objections, would: Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Resistance, Koch Brothers Militia, Federal Fossil Fuels, & California & Utah Protests 2-17-16


The Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses southwest Idaho oil and gas legislation and resistance, links between the Bundy militia and the Koch brothers, a Supreme Court decision and Congressional bill addressing fossil fuel development, a federal oil and gas lease auction protest in Utah, and a Rising Tide action at the California Public Utilities Commission building.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Wednesday Evening Sandpoint WIRT Gathering


As a reminder, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcomes you at the monthly, third Wednesday, Sandpoint climate activist gathering at 7 pm this Wednesday, February 17, in the Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Please call 208-301-8039 for agendas, carpools, and directions for this meeting and other events across the region.  At this convergence, we will be crafting plans and delegating work on:

* Carpools to and participation in the Don’t Frack Idaho Statehouse Rally! in Boise on Monday, February 22

* An open-house event for area activists at the new WIRT Sandpoint office

* Screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything on March 23 in Moscow and March 24 in Sandpoint

* The Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide benefit concert on April 2 in Moscow

* Direct action training camps, educational workshops, presentations, peaceful protests, and anti-fossil fuel campaigns in spring and summer 2016

We need your input at the table and on the ground!  Please bring your friends, family, ideas, and energies to emerging plans for upcoming, frontline demonstrations of dirty energy resistance.  Thanks!

Climate Justice Forum: Delta 5 Oil Train Blockader Abby Brockway 2-10-16


The Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader and climate activist Abby Brockway, who locked down to the top of a tripod in an Everett, Washington rail yard all day on September 2, 2014.  Abby will talk about her background and motivations for her heroic direct action, the roles of citizens and jurors in our democracy and in her precedent-setting, week-long, jury trial, and how grassroots, frontline residents can protest climate-wrecking, life-threatening, Northwest fossil fuel corridors.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Delta 5 Oil Train Blockader Mike Lapointe 2-3-16


The Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader and jury trial defendant Mike Lapointe, who locked down to a tripod in an Everett, Washington rail yard all day on September 2, 2014.  Mike will talk about the motivations and logistics of his heroic direct action, the testimony, verdict, and aftermath of his precedent-setting, week-long, court hearing, and how grassroots, frontline, rail corridor residents can emulate his protests of climate-wrecking, life-threatening, fossil fuel transportation in the Northwest.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.