Climate Justice Forum: Illegal Idaho Paramilitary Activity, Stop Oil Trains Actions, LNG Export Declines & Rail Transport, Rejected Montana Oil & Gas Leases 6-24-20


The Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on a Summer Solstice solar eclipse and celebration, illegal, private, paramilitary activity at Idaho Black Lives Matter protests, the first, Panhandle, COVID-19 death, the Stop Oil Trains week of actions, export declines and federal approval of liquefied natural gas by rail, train derailments and fires in eastern Idaho and downtown Phoenix, and lawsuit rejection of oil and gas leases on indigenous Montana lands.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Stop Oil Trains 2020

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Thursday, June 25 to July 2, regional actions remember Lac-Mégantic and Mosier disasters

North Idaho and eastern Washington activists invite everyone to participate in the seventh annual, Stop Oil Trains week of training workshops and direct actions on Thursday, June 25, through Thursday, July 2.  Six events honor and commemorate the 47 lives lost and downtowns devastated by oil train derailments, spills, explosions, and fires in the lakeside village of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013, the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon, on June 3, 2016, and all rail corridor communities threatened and degraded by crude oil pipelines-on-rails.

During the seven years since the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, dozens of similar accidents have wrecked public and environmental health and safety and the global climate – more than in the previous four decades.  Nonetheless, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway moves 22 volatile, Bakken crude oil trains every week, while Union Pacific hauls one to two trains of equally explosive and irretrievably sinkable tar sands per week, along and over rivers, lakes, and tributaries throughout north Idaho and the Northwest, such as the Kootenai, Clark Fork, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Columbia, and other water bodies.  Over 90 percent of these shipments must cross rail bridges above downtown Sandpoint and Spokane and almost one mile over Idaho’s largest, deepest lake, Pend Oreille, where BNSF plans to drive 1000-plus piles into train-spewed, lake and stream bed, coal deposits, threatened bull trout critical habitat, and regional lake and aquifer drinking water, to construct three permanent, parallel, second (and later third) railroad bridges, two temporary, work spans, and two miles of doubled tracks west of the current rail line, for riskier, more derailment-vulnerable, bi-directional, oil and other train traffic.

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and inland Northwest communities in the crosshairs of the coal, oil, and railroad industries continue to actively oppose BNSF’s fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails expansion, through public vigilance, education, protests, and lawsuits, as we monitor project activities and prepare litigation challenging environmental and socioeconomic reviews and permit decisions by federal and state agencies.  With #No2ndBridge construction intensifying and extending into the lake, we are coordinating and requesting your involvement in these yearly, regional, Stop Oil Train actions.  Sandpoint, Spokane, Moscow, and Missoula activists of 350, Direct Action, Occupy, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, WIRT, and allied, conservation and climate groups have hosted and participated with thousands of people around the Northwest and North America, in multiple, public, Stop Oil Trains demonstrations, climate strikes, #No2ndBridge and derailment spill protests, and the one-year anniversary convergence supporting Mosier [1-6].

Please join concerned citizens in these upcoming outreach, training, and demonstration events, to demand an immediate ban of Alberta tar sands and Bakken shale oil extraction and train and pipeline transportation, refusing to let Big Oil jeopardize our air, waters, lands, families, friends, homes, and businesses.  Together, in appreciation and solidarity with grassroots and indigenous, environmental and social justice activists across Canada and the U.S., we are organizing various tactics and resources to stage powerful, effective actions defending and protecting frontline communities and the global climate impacted by oil-by-rail pollution and accidents.  Thanks to everyone who has provided invaluable, relevant information, connections, and on-the-ground support for these summer events and ongoing, regional, fossil fuels opposition.  We welcome your ideas, questions, suggestions, and assistance at these upcoming actions.  Reply through WIRT contact channels or on-site, and expect further, issue descriptions and updates, via WIRT facebook posts and website pages. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Illinois DAPL Expansion, Juneteenth & Stop Oil Trains Events, Idaho Oil & Gas Spacing, Militia at Protests, BC Pipeline Spill, Derailments & Fires 6-17-20


The Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on Illinois actions opposing Dakota Access pipeline expansion, historic and current Juneteenth and Stop Oil Trains events, an Idaho oil and gas spacing application and public input, armed militia presence at regional Black Lives Matter protests, a British Columbia tar sands pipeline spill on indigenous lands, and train derailments, explosive fires, and evacuations in Wyoming, Oklahoma, and New York.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

WIRT Comments on Spacing Application CC-2020-OGR-01-001


On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), on behalf of itself and its over 3,200 climate activists, members, friends, supporters, and allies, offered written comments and accompanying information in a letter of objection to Snake River Oil and Gas’ (SROG) February 24, 2020 Application for Spacing (docket number CC-2020-OGR-01-001), its potential approval by the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (IOGCC) and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and resulting infrastructure construction and operation for oil and gas extraction within the Payette River watershed in the Fruitland, Idaho, area.  The official state record for the SROG application, posted at the IOGCC Administrative Hearings website page, includes pertinent government notices, company documents, and the public comments of impacted and concerned Idaho citizens and residents.

WIRT Comments on Spacing Application CC-2020-OGR-01-001

 

Climate Justice Forum: Shane Burley on Antifascism & Mutual Aid, Idaho Oil & Gas Opposition, Militia Invasions of Protests, COVID-19 Spread, Coal Train Fire, & Longer Trains 6-10-20


The Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a conversation with author and filmmaker Shane Burley, talking about antifascism, its Trump administration targeting, anarchism, and mutual aid during worldwide, police violence rebellions.  We also share news and reflections on forced Idaho oil and gas leasing, armed militia invasions of regional police brutality protests, a possible Sandpoint coal train fire, Panhandle community spread of COVID-19, and worse derailments of longer nationwide trains.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Police Brutality Protests, Idaho Rail Bridge & Longer Trains, Montana Train Collision, Oregon Terminal Resistance, Washington Smelter & Oil Train Legalities, Keystone XL Permit Denial 6-3-20


The Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on regional protests of police brutality, scapegoated blame for riot damages, Idaho railroad bridge construction and longer trains, a fatal Montana train collision, Oregon oil-by-rail terminal comments, federal dismissal of Washington oil train rules and Oregon LNG terminal opposition, Newport silicon smelter impasses, and appeals court denial of a Keystone XL pipeline permit.  Broadcast for eight years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM, online, and podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuels projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.