Monthly Archives: June 2016
WIRT & Allied Summer Events
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) recently updated the WIRT Events Calendar, posting dozens of summer, climate and indigenous activism events on the WIRT website . Please visit this page often for links to further information and descriptions of upcoming events involving you in grassroots resistance to the root causes of climate change. We will soon announce plans discussed with allies for the Stop Oil Trains in Idaho Week of Action, including a Skyped train monitoring workshop and demonstrations against Northwest oil trains and terminals.
During this summer 2016 season, we are advancing ongoing WIRT and allied mobilization of regional residents for coordinated, region-wide actions and agency hearings on Northwest coal, oil, gas, and tar sands leases, wells, processing plants, refineries, terminals, and trains. We are grateful to provide trainspotting and kayaktivist trainings, direct action workshops, educational presentations, peaceful protests, informal convergences, and other activities that expand the Northwest movement against extreme energy and for a livable future.
Please participate in WIRT’s twice-monthly potluck/pub meetings at 7 pm every first Wednesday at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 E. Second Street in Moscow, Idaho, and at 7 pm every third Wednesday at Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho. Call 208-301-8039 for agendas, carpools, and directions for these gatherings and other events across the region.
To keep WIRT activists informed about anti-fossil fuel campaigns, we host the weekly Climate Justice Forum radio program on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, live at 90.3 FM and online [2, 3]. The show covers continent-wide climate and indigenous activism and community opposition to dirty energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Opportunities for your creative resistance to climate change perpetrators call for your participation: Continue reading
Climate Justice Forum: Oil Train Blockade & Moratorium Requests, Utah Tar Sands Mine Arrests, Spokane Healthy Climate Citizens Initiative 6-22-16
Climate Justice Forum: Mosier Mayor, Residents, & Activist, Union Pacific Snafus & Grants, Millennium Bulk Terminals Public Input 6-15-16
The Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features June 9 conversations with Mosier, Oregon Mayor Arlene Burns, Mosier residents Silas Bleakley and Brent Foster, and Peter Cornelison of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, about the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment, explosion, and fire in the Columbia River Gorge. Other topics include Union Pacific rail operation violations in Oregon and grants to Sandpoint area organizations and Millennium Bulk Terminals public comments and hearings on the last proposed Northwest coal export facility. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, 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.
Comments Due June 13 on Last, Largest Coal Terminal
With the May 9 victory of the Lummi Nation over the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington, the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal port in Longview, Washington, 460 miles from Sandpoint, Idaho, could become the largest such facility in North America. Please speak out against the many direct impacts that its eight additional, fully-loaded, daily coal trains would impose on Idaho public and environmental health, by sending your written comments to Washington officials before the 11:59 pm PDT June 13 deadline. Reference the attached Power Past Coal Millennium Bulk Terminals DEIS Talking Points and the previous Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) action alert .
Thanks to ongoing, inspiring work by a diverse spectrum of grassroots climate activists to mainstream environmental groups, thousands of regional residents participated and testified at three public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement for this last of six proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest [2, 3]. Three cheers for the dozens of die-hard, anti-coal organizers from across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, who coordinated participation and arranged carpools for these hopefully historically last public hearings and rallies against Northwest coal trains and ports.
Community members including WIRT representatives attended a 4 pm rally and expressed valid concerns about fossil fuel impacts through their testimony between 1 and 9 pm at the Thursday, May 26 hearing at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington . Bravo to Jacob Johns and other event participants from Spokane and northern Idaho, who blasted the basics of the folly of approving, permitting, building, and operating the Millennium carbon bomb ! We enjoyed sharing the adventure of fossil fuel resistance with co-workers and friends in Spokane, during and after the public proceedings, especially while learning that Arch Coal withdrew its interest in this coal port project :
“The second largest coal company in America and last big name in the coal export game…handed over its 38 percent share in the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington, to the project’s last remaining supporter, Lighthouse Resources – a company that used to be called Ambre Energy North America…Arch itself declared bankruptcy in January…Given the dismal outlook for coal exports, the bankrupt company simply couldn’t bear the ongoing cost of keeping the project alive…Arch’s exit leaves precisely one player in the coal export game in Washington and Oregon: Lighthouse Resources, which now stands as the only backer of Millennium and which also hopes to resuscitate its nearly-defunct Morrow Pacific project in Oregon. Lighthouse owns a pair of struggling coal mines, one in Wyoming and the other in Montana, and its entire business model hinges on exporting coal into seaborne markets that are now badly oversupplied with cheap coal.” Continue reading
Climate Justice Forum: Oregon Oil Train Derailment, Longview Coal Terminal Hearing in Pasco, BLM Oil & Gas Lease in Payette County 6-8-16
Climate Justice Forum: Longview Coal Terminal Testimony, Powder River Basin Coal Downturns, & California Off-Shore Fracking 6-1-16
The Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features excerpted, May 26, Spokane public hearing testimony opposing the largest proposed coal export facility in North America, Millennium Bulk Terminals at Longview, Washington. Other topics include a similar June 2 hearing in Pasco, Washington, Arch Coal’s withdrawal from this coal port project, downturns in Powder River Basin coal production and related railroad employment, and Obama administration approval of resuming fracking off the California coast. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, 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.