Climate Justice Forum: GTN Xpress Gas Pipeline Expansion, Palouse Prairie Crowdfunding, DAPL Jail Support, Nevada Lithium Mine Discoveries, First Nation Work Camp, Bay Area Refinery Protest 8-10-22


The Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recent Columbia Riverkeeper webinar about Keystone XL pipeline owner TC Energy’s plans to expand GTN Xpress gas pipeline volumes and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest.  We also share news, music, and reflections on crowdfunding for legal efforts to protect Palouse Prairie wetlands from Idaho highway expansion, a coincidental Illinois intermodal train derailment, solidarity support for an incarcerated Dakota Access pipeline protester, discovery of indigenous historic sites at a proposed Nevada lithium mine site, a summer work camp on First Nation lands in British Columbia, and Bay Area demonstrations remembering a 2012 Chevron refinery fire.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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.

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For the fourth time in 20 years, the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC) is challenging the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and now also the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), in an ongoing citizen attempt to force selection of the least environmentally disruptive, central C-3 route for proposed U.S. Highway 95 realignment south of Moscow, Idaho.  PRDC filed a legal complaint in the U.S. District Court of Idaho on March 22, 2022, against the Thorn Creek Road to Moscow highway project.  This ITD scheme plans to reroute and expand to four lanes a six-mile segment of Highway 95, along the easternmost E-2 alternative route highest on Paradise Ridge.  The E-2 alignment would significantly impact some of the few remaining tracts of native Palouse Prairie and several critical wetlands.

PRDC disputes ITD’s assessment that the E-2 route would not destroy essential wetlands larger than the half-acre threshold of the Clean Water Act.  Smaller wetland sizes along E-2 would allow the project to proceed under a “nationwide” permit, with fewer restrictions and no further public input, while wetlands larger than a half-acre require the Corps to issue a more rigorous “individual” permit.  If PRDC can prove that some wetlands along the E-2 route each surpass a half-acre in size, ITD may be forced to stop commenced construction, re-apply to the Corps for an individual permit, and defend its preferred E-2 alternative as the “least environmentally damaging, practicable alternative” (LEDPA), which it is not.

After negotiations among opposing attorneys, the federal court let PRDC bring two wetlands scientists and a licensed surveyor into the E-2 right-of-way.  These experts found more than a half-acre of wetlands near the southern end of the project.  Subsequently, the ITD wetlands consultant sent back to the contested site confirmed the prior ITD determination.  Now, the Corps intends to study the area and decide whether the assessments of ITD, PRDC, or neither are correct.

On July 27, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), a member organization of the PRDC coalition, launched a crowdfunding site for PRDC, to help cover the work of attorneys and experts that could cost up to $20,000, during this expensive phase of current litigation.  To win this federal case and protect native Palouse Prairie on Paradise Ridge from Highway 95 expansion, PRDC and WIRT are relying on contributions from concerned citizens and the regional community.

Please support these earnest efforts by generously donating soon toward the $4,000 target of this publicly transparent crowdfunding campaign on the GiveButter platform, or by mailing a check to PRDC.  You can further assist WIRT and PRDC reaching this goal by posting this crowdfunding page and PRDC website and facebook page updates to social media, sharing issue information and articles with your friends and family, and encouraging participation in giving to PRDC.  Thanks in advance for your gracious contributions!

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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Tribal Canoe Journey & Resistance to Gas Pipeline & Highway Expansion, Logging & Silica Mining, BC Pipeline Opposition, Last Hawaii Coal 8-3-22


The Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, music, and reflections on funding requests for legal efforts to protect Palouse Prairie wetlands from highway expansion, Keystone XL pipeline owner plans to expand Northwest gas pipeline volumes and pump stations, north Idaho lakeside silica mining claims for sale, proposed massive public lands deforestation, obstructive road bridge replacement, a recent small wildfire, and climate concerned updates to a county comprehensive plan, the annual Kalispel and allied tribal canoe journey and powwow, dropped charges and indigenous resistance to a British Columbia gas pipeline, final coal shipments to a closing Hawaii power plant, and impending global human population collapse.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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.

Sixth Kalispel Remember the Water Canoe Journey


Kalispel Canoe Journey 8-5-21On Tuesday, August 2, through Saturday, August 7, Kalispel and regional tribal members and the River Warrior Society are holding the annual Remember the Water canoe journey [1].  The paddle usually voyages between Qpqpe (Sandpoint, Idaho) and the Qlispe (Kalispel) Tribal Powwow Grounds, during the days before and beginning the yearly Kalispel Powwow and around the time of the Festival at Sandpoint music concerts.  Families and friends are again paddling over 35 miles in traditional, dugout, wooden and sturgeon nose canoes, through their home lands and waters in the tributaries, lake, and river of the Pend Oreille watershed.  While oil and gas pipeline expansions and fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails infrastructure and transportation impose and risk further harms to indigenous people and places across Turtle Island (North America), Native neighbors continue to revive, uphold, and practice their ancient cultures and sustainable ways, through admirable endeavors like this canoe journey and culminating powwow.

Paddle organizers encourage observers and participants to share this joyful cultural resurgence at various route locations.  Like during previous years, and as depicted in linked photos and articles about prior journeys, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists and area groups plan to welcome the paddlers at Sandpoint, during their arrival on Wednesday evening and departure on Thursday morning, August 3 and 4 [2-11].  The canoe journey tentatively begins with a Tuesday evening, August 2, meeting at the Kalispel Powwow Grounds, initially launches on the Pack River on Wednesday, August 4, and re-starts from Sandpoint City Beach Park on Thursday morning, August 5, ultimately reaching its destination of the Kalispel Village on Saturday, August 7.  Please see the enclosed itinerary, join WIRT in supporting this adventure, and contact Nathan Piengkham via facebook and/or respond to WIRT, for further information, logistics, and ways to help. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Erin Saylor on NW Gas Pipeline Expansion, Palouse Wetlands Protection, Hanford Nuclear Leaks, BC Pipeline Resistance, Climate Emergency Declaration, Congressional Staffers Protest 7-27-22


The Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Columbia Riverkeeper staff attorney Erin Saylor, talking about Keystone XL pipeline owner TC Energy’s plans to expand Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline volume and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest.  We also share news, music, and reflections on legal efforts and funding requests for Palouse Prairie wetlands protection from highway expansion, online workshops on leaking Hanford nuclear waste, pipeline resistance camp opportunities at a British Columbia indigenous center, conferences and actions urging a presidential declaration of climate emergency, and a Congressional staffers climate protest and arrests in a Washington DC office.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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: Extinction Rebellion on IPCC Mitigation Report, Idaho Gas Pipeline, Highway, & Train Expansions, Utah Oil Railroad Approval, Nevada Fatal Collision Charges, BC & Minnesota Pipeline Protester Cases 7-20-22


The Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features an Extinction Rebellion United Kingdom discussion about the March 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation measures to reduce climate crisis causes and impacts.  We also share news, music, and reflections on opposition to north Idaho gas pipeline, highway, and fossil fuels train expansions, approval of a proposed Utah oil train railroad through Forest Service lands, Nevada charges in the fatal vehicle collision with indigenous filmmaker Myron Dewey, and British Columbia and northern Minnesota court cases of Native and allied protesters of gas and tar sands pipelines.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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: Extinction Rebellion on IPCC Climate Crisis Mitigation Report, Fossil Fuel Train & Pipeline Protests & Lawsuits, Supreme Court Emissions Control Decision 7-13-22


The Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features an Extinction Rebellion United Kingdom discussion about the March 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation measures to reduce climate crisis causes and impacts.  We also share news, music, and reflections on Sandpoint and Spokane fossil fuels train and rail bridge protests and blockades, indigenous and allied water protector criminal charges and court cases in British Columbia and Minnesota, a U.S. Supreme Court decision on environmental agency authority over power plant emissions, and the July full moon.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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: Bruce Campbell & Oregonians on Lac-Megantic & Mosier Oil Train Disasters, Idaho Oil Train, Rail Bridge, & Highway Expansion Opposition & Donations 7-6-22


The Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features author Bruce Campbell discussing the July 6, 2013, Lac-Megantic, Quebec, runaway train disaster and unsafe oil-by-rail, and the Mosier, Oregon, mayor, residents, and conservationists talking about the June 3, 2016, fiery oil train derailment in their Columbia River community.  We also share news, music, and reflections on north Idaho oil train protests, a train watch workshop, and environmental coalition funding requests and highway expansion opposition.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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 2022


Stop Oil Trains 2022 FlyerJuly 8-10 annual actions remember the Lac-Mégantic, Mosier, & Custer disasters

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allied activists invite everyone to participate in ninth annual, Stop Oil Trains direct actions and a training workshop in north Idaho, on Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 10.  Five events 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 the northwestern hamlet of Custer, Washington, on December 22, 2020.  These demonstrations also support pipeline-on-rails resistance across the Northwest and in trackside and pipeline corridor communities and environments threatened and polluted by dangerous oil and its disasters.

Spotlight Message Projection

Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9, 10 pm, Downtown Sandpoint

As the sun sets, WIRT and allied organizers will provide brief, light projection displays of social and climate justice messages on tall buildings in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho.  Meet after 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, wherever you see this light show, for discussions among activists and curious passersby, about Northwest oil train and terminal and gas pipeline expansion issues.

Resistance Outreach

Saturday, July 9, 9 am to 1 pm, near Farmin Park, Sandpoint

Gather with volunteer activists between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday, July 9, at the WIRT outreach table at the corner of Fourth and Oak Streets near Farmin Park, during the Farmers Market at Sandpoint, Idaho.  We plan to talk with residents and visitors of the one-mile-wide, north Idaho “bomb train blast zone,” offer updates on Northwest oil and coal trains and infrastructure and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s second railroad bridges, and provide #No2ndBridge and other petitions, letters, flyers, and brochures [1-3].

Oil Trains Protest

Saturday, July 9, 1 pm, Farmin to City Beach Parks, Sandpoint

At 1 pm on Saturday, July 9, bring your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, protest signs, and creative spirit, to show community opposition to dangerous crude oil conduits to refineries and export facilities: Oil trains and railroad infrastructure, like the present and proposed, BNSF rail bridges.  Starting from the Farmin Park area, we will walk with banners and signs objecting to the Northwest pipeline-on-wheels and railroad expansion, through downtown Sandpoint to City Beach Park.  At these public march origin and destination places, we will share reflections and stories about the isolated vulnerability of rural, rail corridor communities to oil train and derailment catastrophes and industry invasions of local environments and economies.

Train Watch Workshop

Sunday, July 10, 4 pm, Gardenia Center, Sandpoint

For the annual training sessions on regional coal, oil, and tar sands trainspotting, David Perk of 350 Seattle will present methods for trackside observing, documenting, and reporting Northwest fossil fuels train traffic, via photos, videos, and social media.  He will discuss rail routes from the plains to the coast, train descriptors, refinery and receiving facilities, rail system operations, stopovers, and transit times, and train watch motivations and resources.  Please RSVP to WIRT for required registration to join this teleconferenced conversation with David generously sharing images, skills, and insights, beginning at 4 pm on Sunday, July 10, via Zoom and at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  WIRT needs more train monitors along the tracks of the north Idaho, fossil fuels frontline, to document all westbound, unit trains of cars hauling Powder River Basin coal, Bakken crude oil, and Canadian tar sands.

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Climate Justice Forum: John Wasiutynski on Portland Fossil Fuels Hub, Northwest Energy Export Opposition, Dismantled Coal Infrastructure, Train-Truck Collisions, WIRT Events 6-29-22


The Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features John Wasiutynski of the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability and Barbara Bernstein of the KBOO Locus Focus series, talking about the hazardous Critical Energy Infrastructure fossil fuels tank farms and Zenith oil-by-rail terminal along the Willamette River in northwest Portland, Oregon.  We also share news, music, and reflections on upcoming and ongoing WIRT events, Northwest successes against fossil fuel export projects, transitions away from dismantled coal infrastructure, Amtrak train and truck collisions in California and Missouri, and June pre-dawn planet alignments.  Broadcast for ten 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, grassroots, frontline 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.