Climate Justice Forum: Sandpoint Railroad Issues Meeting, Second Lake Rail Bridge Application, Payette Riverside Gas Wells, Anti-Silicon Smelter Meeting & March, Jordan Cove LNG Project Protest, Solar Panel Tariff 2-21-18


The Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recording of an Idaho Conservation League, railroad issues meeting in Sandpoint, and news and reflections on an application to build a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, Alta Mesa gas well drilling next to the Payette River, a WIRT and Newport silicon smelter resisters meeting and march, an Oregon meeting disruption by Jordan Cove LNG project protesters, and a Trump administration tariff on imported solar panels.  Broadcast for six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Second Rail Bridge Application, WIRT & Smelter Resisters Meeting & March

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2/13 Second Lake Rail Bridge Application

At the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) After Hours convergence in Sandpoint on February 13, ICL conservation associate Matt Nykiel revealed that Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for an individual (not a more lenient, general) permit to construct a second, parallel, 4800-foot, rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho [1].  The public comment period on this federal, BNSF application could open any day and last 30 to 90 days.  BNSF must also first receive a permit from the notoriously oil and gas industry-friendly Idaho Department of Lands, before the Army Corps can approve the project.  North Idaho activists and residents are calling on the Northwest community to halt this expansion of the longest water crossing and most bottlenecked section of the Northwest, coal and oil pipeline-on-wheels.

In the wake of four significant, northern Idaho and western Montana, train derailments during 2017, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s January 29 rejection of the proposed, Tesoro Savage, oil train terminal at the Port of Vancouver, on the day after WIRT hosted the Idaho to Inslee: No Vancouver Oil Terminal! rally in Sandpoint, and BNSF ran four oil trains through north Idaho in eight hours, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) continues to monitor and document full, westbound, coal and oil unit trains through the downtown Sandpoint frontline, the present, single-track, lake bridge, and the second bridge, pile load-testing site at Dog Beach Park, southeast of Sandpoint.

2/21 WIRT & Smelter Resisters Meeting

Please join the regional, climate activist community and #No2ndBridge group members at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 21, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, for ongoing discussions and actions opposing Northwest, fossil fuel megaloads, trains, terminals, derailments, rail and lake bridge double-tracking, drilling, and waste injection wells, HiTestSand’s silicon smelter proposed for Newport, Washington, and exploratory, silicon drilling near Lakeview, Idaho.  For WIRT’s third-Wednesday monthly, Sandpoint gathering, we have reserved a larger venue than the usual, Eichardt’s Pub, upstairs room, to foster interest and participation in these issues and to host organizers of several groups of Old Town, Idaho, and Newport residents, including Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS), presenting an information session about smelter resistance, and linking our various, overlapping campaigns.

Invite your friends and families for an evening of conversations sharing knowledge, exploring connections, and creating strategies and tactics in support and solidarity with the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy and livable communities.  Welcoming your ideas and input, we offer potluck food and beverages and current, issue updates and background at this meeting.  See the January and February, Sandpoint meeting alerts for other possible topics of discussion (dirty energy protesting, monitoring, and reporting and direct action training, mobilizing, and fundraising), and contact WIRT via email or phone, with your questions and suggestions [2, 3].

2/24 Newport Anti-Smelter March

CANSS and allies are coordinating and co-hosting a peaceful, public protest of HiTestSand’s proposed, Newport, silicon smelter [4].  Staging at Stratton Elementary School, 1201 West Fifth Street in Newport, at 10 am on Saturday, February 24, they welcome the participation of fellow citizens, WIRT activists, and the regional media, in the march that will proceed on U.S. Highway 2 sidewalks into Newport, down Washington Avenue to Union Street, and back to Highway 2.  Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing, bring anti-smelter signs, and demonstrate your smelter resistance for city, county, state, and company officials.  See the accompanying link to the CANSS March through Newport event announcement on facebook, and/or attend the February 21, WIRT meeting, where smelter objectors provide further information and material describing this event [4].

Expand your involvement in activism confronting the root causes of climate change with local, grassroots, and indigenous partners, by sharing this alert (also posted on the WIRT website and facebook pages) and participating in these ongoing, networking opportunities to enhance continent-wide work to stop fossil fuel infrastructure, extraction, and transportation.  Thanks! Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Lake Rail Bridge & Silica Drilling Meetings, Fatal Railroad Crossing Upgrades, Fossil Fuel Industry in Public Lands, 2017 Oil & Gas Well Increase, North Dakota Valve Turner Incarceration 2-14-18


The Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recording of the Idaho Conservation League, rail bridge update meeting in Sandpoint, and news and reflections on north Idaho, railroad crossing upgrades and an exploratory, silica drilling proposal, a Trump administration directive allowing fossil fuel industry exploitation of public lands, a nationwide increase of oil and gas drilling rigs last year, tar sands pipeline valve turner Michael Foster’s North Dakota incarceration, and various, activist support appeals.  Broadcast for six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

February WIRT & Allied Events


Tuesday, February 13: ICL Rail Bridge Update

Among a convergence of members, food, and beverages, Idaho Conservation League (ICL) conservation associate Matt Nykiel will offer current updates, background, and informal discussion about Washington Governor Inslee’s recent denial of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal at the Port of Vancouver, significant, northern Idaho, and western Montana, train derailments during 2017, and ICL work in opposition to construction of the second, parallel, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge proposed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway [1]. Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) encourages regional, frontline activists and especially members of the #No2ndBridge group formed in spring 2017 to participate and share their knowledge and actions on these issues, from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 13, at Eichardt’s Pub, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.

Wednesday, February 21: WIRT Sandpoint Meeting with Smelter Resisters

At WIRT’s January, third-Wednesday monthly, Sandpoint gathering, community and tribal activists talked about resistance to Northwest, fossil fuel terminals and HiTestSand’s silicon smelter proposed for Newport, Washington. We have since been exploring the connections between the nightmarish, Newport project and BNSF and Union Pacific double-tracking and planning for a second, lake, rail bridge in north Idaho during 2017, megaload shipments moving through late-night, downtown Sandpoint over the last year, and exploratory drilling for silicon near Green Mountain by Lakeview, Idaho.  WIRT has invited organizers of several groups of Old Town, Idaho, and Newport residents, including Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS), to present an information session about smelter resistance, linking our various, overlapping campaigns. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Vancouver Celebration, Regional Rallies, & Washington Governor Rejection of Oil Terminal, Spokane Train Blockader Court Case, Gas Well Drilling near Payette River, Legal Challenge of Bayou Bridge Pipeline 1-31-18


The Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on regional celebrations and articles applauding Washington Governor Inslee’s rejection of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal in Vancouver, Sandpoint and Spokane oil pipelines-on-wheels and terminal decision influences, Spokane fossil fuel train blockader George Taylor’s court case, Alta Mesa gas well drilling near the Payette River in southwest Idaho, and a legal challenge of Bayou Bridge pipeline construction in Louisiana.  Broadcast for six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Tacoma LNG Blockader Cynthia Linet, Washington Capitol Occupations, Idaho Oil & Gas Issues, Health-Hazardous Coal & Longer Trains, TransCanada Pipeline Spill Dump, Burnaby Pipeline Protester Arrests 1-17-18


The Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on citizen disruptions and indigenous occupations of the Washington state capitol, Idaho oil and gas issue developments and waste injection wells, an Oklahoma mineral rights lawsuit against Idaho driller Alta Mesa, health-hazardous coal and longer trains, TransCanada pipeline spill dirt dumped in road ditches, Burnaby pipeline protester arrests, and jury-acquitted, Tacoma liquefied natural gas plant blockader Cynthia Linet on direct action and the U.S. justice system.  Broadcast for six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Oil & Gas Waste Injection Wells, Withdrawn & Lease-Cancelled Oil Terminals, Trump Plan for Northwest Offshore Drilling, Upper Midwest Tar Sands Pipeline Resistance 1-10-18


The Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on Idaho and Oklahoma oil and gas waste injection wells, earthquakes, and pollution, a withdrawn, Grays Harbor, oil train terminal proposal, a cancelled, Port of Vancouver lease for the Tesoro-Savage, oil-by-rail terminal, a Trump administration plan to open the Northwest coast to offshore drilling, and Upper Midwest, indigenous and grassroots resistance to several, tar sands pipelines.  Broadcast for almost six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Sandpoint Megaload, Idaho Oil & Gas Royalties & Injection Wells, Washington Amtrak Derailment, Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Recommendation, Diminished Train Safety Rules, Tacoma LNG Plant Blockades 12-20-17


The Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on a recent, Sandpoint megaload, Idaho oil and gas royalties and waste injection wells, a Washington Amtrak derailment worsened by absent federal regulations, the final Tesoro Savage oil terminal report and recommendation, oil train safety rules diminished by the Trump administration, and three blockades of a proposed, Tacoma, liquefied natural gas facility. Broadcast for almost six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Poet Rob Lewis on Language about Protecting Nature, Olympia Fracking Sands Blockade, Tacoma Protests of LNG Port, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Expansion, Idaho Oil & Gas Waste Wells 12-13-17


The Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a conversation with poet, activist, house painter, and musician Rob Lewis, about current opportunities to influence political discourse with fresh language about protecting sacred Nature, as demonstrated by indigenous people articulating respectful narratives. We also offer updates and reflections on the Olympia, fracking sands train blockade, Tacoma direct actions and jury trials of opponents of liquefied natural gas facility construction, permit approval and resistance to Tesoro expansion of its Anacortes, petrochemical refinery, and transfer of regulation of Idaho oil and gas waste injection wells. Broadcast for almost six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community rejection of fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Army Corps & PRDC Meeting on Highway 95 Wetlands, Newport Silicon Smelter Resistance, Olympia Solidarity Sabotage Actions, Idaho Oil & Gas Injection Wells 12-6-17


The Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of the December 5, Moscow, public meeting among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Transportation Department, and Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, about wetlands potentially impacted by Highway 95 expansion south of Moscow. We also share news and reflections on indigenous and local resistance to a proposed, Newport, Washington, silicon smelter, three West Coast, railroad sabotage actions in solidarity with the Olympia, fracking sands train blockade, and struggles among state and federal regulation of oil and gas waste injection wells in Idaho. Broadcast for almost six 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 and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.