#No2ndBridge Climate Strike, NW Fossil Fuels Talk, Smelter Zoning, WIRT Meetings


COUNTY COMP PLAN ON SMELTER

Tuesday, December 3, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Pend Oreille County commissioners will deliberate 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPU-18-001 that changes zoning of the proposed site of a PacWest silicon smelter in Newport, Washington, from public land to industrial uses [1, 2]. Amendment approval essentially allows the smelter project to continue, although the Pend Oreille County Planning Commission has recommended against such a decision.  Northeast Washington and north Idaho citizens, the Kalispel Tribe, Citizens Against Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS), Responsible Growth Northeast Washington (RG*NEW), and other environmental organizations in the region have overwhelmingly opposed the amendment.

During their regular board meeting on Tuesday, December 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the county courthouse at 625 West Fourth Street in Newport, the commissioners have set aside most of the afternoon for this agenda item, potentially the biggest event to date for community resistance to the Newport smelter.  CANSS, RG*NEW, and other groups request that everyone who can attend this meeting participate, and they thank area residents for their support of this issue during the last year.  Will the county commissioners listen to their constituents and the people they placed on the Planning Commission, or will they acquiesce to toxic, silicon smelter ambitions and pressures from PacWest and Washington governor Jay Inslee?

INLAND NW FOSSIL FUELS TALK

Wednesday, December 4, 12 to 1 pm

As part of weekly, public, Fall Speaker Series forums, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Moscow every autumn Wednesday, Lands Council executive director Mike Petersen will give a brief, PowerPoint presentation entitled Fossil Fuel Overview in the Inland Northwest [3, 4].  From 12 noon until 1 pm on Wednesday, December 4, in the 1912 Center Arts Workshop Room at 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Mike will discuss the history and current threats of Northwest fossil fuels proposals, covering coal, oil, gas, and tar sands trains and other rail and pipeline transportation in north Idaho and Spokane.  Although Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists are concerned that Mike’s topic knowledgeable co-worker, Laura Ackerman, is not presenting, we are excited to attend, provide further information, and collect more #No2ndBridge petition signatures.  While WIRT encourages resistance of other fossil fuels pipelines across Turtle Island (Trans Mountain, Pacific Connector, Dakota Access expansion, Keystone and Keystone XL, Line 3, Bayou Bridge, and many more), please do not overlook gas and oil pipelines in and near Idaho, depicted in linked descriptions and maps compiled by WIRT [5, 6].  No more fossil fuel infrastructure in Idaho and the Northwest!

WIRT MOSCOW MEETING

Thursday, December 5, 6 to 8 pm Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: BC Indigenous Land Protection, Idaho Oil & Gas Resistance, Trans Mountain Port Blockade, DAPL Expansion Hearing, Keystone XL Comments 11-13-19


The Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a documentary about Wet’suwet’en Nation decolonization and protection of unceded, indigenous lands in British Columbia, from Canadian government and fossil fuels corporations invasions.  We also share news and reflections on opposition to bankrupt Idaho oil and gas extraction, forced pooling, production under-reporting, and waste injection wells, a Trans Mountain pipe blockade at the Washington Port of Vancouver, Lake Pend Oreille railroad bridge expansion impacts on record-breaking trout catches, a San Diego train derailment bridge collision, a Dakota Access pipeline expansion hearing in North Dakota, and Keystone XL pipeline comment suggestions.  Broadcast for seven 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 later podcast on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Trans Mountain Pipe Ship Blockade, Paradise Ridge Defense Updates, Sandpoint Rail Bridge Resistance, Spokane Area Train Accidents, Keystone Pipelines Leak & Comments 11-6-19


The Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a livestream recording of activists blockading Trans Mountain pipe shipments on the Columbia River near Portland-Vancouver, and news and reflections on the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition annual meeting and updates, a City of Sandpoint letter and local resistance to north Idaho railroad bridge and track expansion, Spokane area train accidents and spills, a Keystone tar sands pipeline leak in North Dakota, and proposed Keystone XL pipeline problems and comment suggestions.  Broadcast for seven 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 afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Barbara Miller on Silver Valley Superfund Lead Cleanup & Clinics, Idaho Rail Bridge Challenges, Spokane Area Train Leak & Fire, Portland Oil Terminal Rejection, Jordan Cove LNG Permit, Montana Keystone XL Meeting, Alaska Native Climate Emergency 10-30-19


The Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features Barbara Miller of the Silver Valley Community Resource Center talking about failed cleanup and lead health intervention, resident solutions, and public involvement at the Bunker Hill Superfund site.  We also cover news and reflections on north Idaho rail bridge expansion legal challenges, a Spokane area train leak and locomotive fire, Portland oil terminal pipes permit rejection, an Oregon city permit for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export facility, a Montana rally and State Department meeting on the Keystone XL pipeline, and an Alaska Native Federation climate change emergency resolution.  Broadcast for seven 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 afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Indigenous Peoples Day at Idaho Capitol, Vancouver Pipe Train Blockade, Trans Mountain Pipeline Resistance, Canadian Climate Crisis Election, Anacortes Refinery Expansion Ruling, Fuel Tank Farm Earthquake Risks & Fire 10-23-19


The Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of the first, state-recognized, Indigenous Peoples Day ceremony at the Idaho Capitol in Boise, and news and reflections on a Vancouver, Washington, train track blockade and British Columbia indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, climate crisis effects on the Canadian national election, a court victory over Anacortes refinery expansion, and fuel tank farm earthquake risks in North Portland and explosive fires in the Bay Area.  Broadcast for seven 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 afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Weekend, WIRT & Allied Events


Regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully requests your participation in these weekend events and ongoing issues.

Friday & Saturday, October 4-5: Moscow WIRT Meeting & Tabling

Volunteer, grassroots, WIRT organizers would greatly appreciate your help in arranging upcoming presentations, training workshops, demonstrations, and #No2ndBridge litigation, and reaching out to allies, attorneys, and our regional network.  So we encourage you to participate in October potluck gatherings, enjoy climate action documentaries, talk about tactics and strategies, and offer your unique advice and assistance, as we together relentlessly confront the fossil fuel causes of climate change, through direct resistance and frontline solutions.  Starting in October 2019, we are meeting on the first and third Thursday (instead of Wednesday) of every month, except this week on Friday in Moscow.  Activity-planning conversations begin at 6 pm (not the usual 7 pm) on Friday, October 4, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, and on Thursday, October 17, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint.

We also hope to talk with you about critical issues, at the Farmers Market outreach tables hosted by Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC) and WIRT, at Friendship Square in Moscow on Saturday, October 5, and near Farmin Park in Sandpoint throughout the rest of the season.  Please check WIRT website and especially facebook pages for posts since September 21, on recent and ongoing, regional, climate strikes and #No2ndBridge protests, and share this information among your associates and contacts [1, 2].  We anticipate forthcoming, WIRT newsletters on railroad bridge expansion document deficiencies, Treasure Valley oil and gas hearings, lawsuits, and driller bankruptcy, and released, federal investigation files on local, fossil fuels opponents.

Sunday, October 6: A Vigil for the Healing of the Earth

The Silver Valley Community Resource Center and tribal and faith leaders, social/environmental justice groups, and elected officials of eastern Washington and north Idaho invite everyone to a gathering from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, October 6, at Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, 31732 South Mission Road, at Exit 39 off Interstate 90 in Cataldo, Idaho.  Thousands of regional residents have voiced opposition to the toxic waste site at the Old Mission at Cataldo.  Many concerned citizens within the Bunker Hill Superfund site support establishment of a community lead health clinic, with a portion of multi-million-dollar, settlement funds, for reparation of generations of families living with health conditions imposed by a mining legacy of lead pollution.  See the attached flyer for further event information, and join us in protecting the future of Silver Valley children, community, environment, and economic development. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Rod Munroe on Coal Plant Protest, Idaho Governor Conflicts, Oil & Gas Leases, Coal Train Pollution, & Bridges EIS Request, Indigenous Capitol Occupation 10-2-19


The Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a conversation with Rod Munroe of Green Mountain Rising, about protests outside New England’s largest coal power plant, and news and reflections on upcoming and recent, community events, Idaho governor conflicts of interest, a Sandpoint City Council letter requesting stronger environmental review of rail bridges expanding coal pollution, Idaho landowner uncertainty about a bankrupt oil and gas company, and anti-fossil fuels, indigenous occupation of Washington Capitol grounds.  Broadcast for seven 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 afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: North Idaho Climate Strike, Rail Bridge Protest, City Permit, & Appeal Letter, Idaho Gas Driller Bankruptcy, First Nation Court Victory over Pipeline, Chicago Bank Lock-Down 9-25-19


The Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on the autumn equinox, a north Idaho climate strike, railroad expansion protest, and train and truck collision death, a Sandpoint rail bridge permit and letter requesting stronger environmental review, Idaho oil and gas driller bankruptcy and creditor lawsuit, a B.C. First Nation court victory over a tar sands pipeline assessment, and Chicago activist shut-down of a pipeline funding bank.  Broadcast for seven 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 afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Greta Thunberg, Idaho Climate Strikes & Gas Driller Bankruptcy, Houston Ship Channel Blockade, Valve Turner Necessity Defense Victory, Sleepy Engineer Train Wrecks 9-18-19


The Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a talk by European student climate strike leader Greta Thunberg, and news and reflections on upcoming climate crisis and fossil fuel infrastructure protests in Moscow, Sandpoint, and beyond, Idaho oil and gas drilling company bankruptcy and fraud investigation, a Houston ship channel blockade ahead of a presidential candidate debate, a Washington Supreme Court decision favoring a pipeline valve turner’s necessity defense, and trains wrecked by engineers with sleep apnea.  Broadcast for seven 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 for several weeks afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Fifth Panhandle Paddle, Declining Idaho Driller Stocks, Keystone XL Nebraska Approval & Boise-Built Camps, Intentional Amazon Fires 8-28-19


The Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on the Fifth Panhandle Paddle, north Idaho fossil fuels train and railroad bridge resistance, a 2017 Montana coal train spill, declining Idaho gas driller stock prices, Boise-built Keystone XL pipeline construction camps, the death of billionaire climate denier David Koch, a Native-hosted presidential candidate forum, the first hearing of telescope blockading Hawai’in elders, a cancelled Democratic climate change debate, intentionally set Amazon fires, and Nebraska Supreme Court approval of an alternative Keystone XL route.  Broadcast for seven 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 for several weeks afterward on Radio Free America, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.