Climate Justice Forum: Shelley Brock on Idaho Oil & Gas Lawsuits, Leases, Auctions, Riverside & Waste Injection Wells, & Production Records, Railroad Bridge Litigation, Columbia River Tar Sands Terminal, National Climate Report, U.S. Military Emissions 11-28-18


The Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on north Idaho railroad bridge litigation, a Columbia River tar sands train terminal, a national climate crisis report and teleconference, and U.S. military greenhouse gas emissions.  We also share a conversation with Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability, about their federal lawsuit challenging Idaho oil and gas forced pooling processes, gas wells near the Payette River and Fruitland water plant, state to EPA transfer of waste injection well regulation, federal and state oil and gas leases and auctions, Alta Mesa production record and investment problems, and eastern Idaho fossil fuels development.  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 and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Climate Justice Forum: Thanksgiving History, Rail Bridge Litigation Funding, Paradise Ridge Fire, Idaho County Earthquake, Fracking Brothers’ Land Sales, Idaho Oil & Gas Debate & Resistance, Oregon Tar Sands Terminal, DC & London Climate Protests 11-21-18


The Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on Thanksgiving history, north Idaho railroad bridge litigation crowdfunding, a Paradise Ridge highway route fire, an Idaho County earthquake and fracking brothers’ land sales, the Idaho gubernatorial debate on fracking, Treasure Valley oil and gas resistance updates, a tar sands train terminal near Portland, and large climate protests in Washington DC and London.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Federal Court Block of Keystone XL, Lake Railroad Bridge Litigation & Water Quality Permit, Paradise Ridge & California Fires, Highway 95 Expansion in Appeals Court, Bunker Hill Mine Reopening 11-14-18


The Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on a Great Falls federal court order blocking Keystone XL pipeline construction, litigation crowdfunding and an Idaho water quality permit for a second, Lake Pend Oreille railroad bridge, fires on Paradise Ridge and in northern California, Court of Appeals arguments against Highway 95 eastern expansion near Moscow, and EPA-proposed reopening of the Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Governor Candidates & Debate, Midterm Election Results, Valve Turner, Climate Youth, & Paradise Ridge Defense Hearings 11-8-18


The Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an Idaho gubernatorial debate and Paulette Jordan’s candidacy, Idaho, Washington, and nationwide, midterm election results, and lawsuit hearings of the tar sands pipeline valve turners, youth climate activists, and Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition.  We also air recorded, oral arguments about U.S. Highway 95 expansion south of Moscow, heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: #No2ndBridge Litigation Crowdfunding, Idaho Gubernatorial Debate, Kansas Waste Injection Earthquake, False Liberal Climate Solutions, West Coast Fossil Fuels Exports, Minnesota Police Protest Training, Mountain Valley Pipeline Hurdles, 14-Year Gulf Oil Spill 10-31-18


The Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on crowdfunding for litigation of an Idaho lake railroad bridges permit, oil and gas issues in an Idaho gubernatorial debate, the largest Kansas earthquake caused by fracking waste injection wells, ineffective, liberal and corporate, climate solutions, West Coast fossil fuels export and proposed military terminals, Minnesota police training for Line 3 pipeline protests, Mountain Valley pipeline barred from water crossings, and a 14-year-long, Gulf of Mexico, oil spill.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Railroad Bridge Litigation Crowdfunding & Spill Practice, Increased Oil Trains with Less Safety, Trump Protests in Missoula, Court Order Against Warmer River Temps, Pipeline Resistance in Texas 10-24-18


The Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news, reflections, and recordings about absent state oil and gas lease auctions, crowdfunding for litigation of an Idaho lake railroad bridges permit, train spill boom practice on Lake Pend Oreille, increased oil-by-rail traffic with reduced safety rules, protests during President Trump’s Missoula visit, a federal court order against warmer Columbia Basin river temperatures, Bayou Bridge pipeline resistance in Texas, and other topics.  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 opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Crowdfund WIRT Litigation of Lake Railroad Bridges Permit

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On Tuesday, October 23, registered, Idaho, non-profit Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) launched the live, 90-day, crowdfunding campaign No Second Railroad Bridge over Idaho’s Largest Lake! on CrowdJustice [1].  We urgently need your help raising funds and organizing support for our petition for judicial review of the June 21, 2018, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) permit for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway’s (BNSF) proposed construction and operation of two permanent and two temporary, parallel, railroad bridges adjacent to the present rail route across Sand Creek and almost a mile over Lake Pend Oreille, near Sandpoint.

Numerous citizens, groups, and government officials have offered written comments, hearing testimonies, public protests, and media articles during the last few years, expressing our concerns over BNSF’s Sandpoint Junction Connector project.  Dismissing this broad input, the state of Idaho approved BNSF’s encroachment permit.  So we are requesting that the Idaho First District Court in Bonner County conduct a rigorous, judicial review of the IDL record, and remand this agency decision for further IDL consideration.  And we are asking for your financial and outreach assistance of grassroots, volunteer, WIRT activists directly engaged in this legal effort.

WIRT greatly appreciates your physical and fiscal support of our extensive, fossil fuels resistance work over the last eight years.  Your essential participation has contributed to a continent-wide movement that is confronting the root causes of climate change, water degradation, and air pollution, through frontline resistance and solidarity and community solutions.  Among our many successful campaigns, WIRT has never faced such enormous, current, and upcoming expenses needed to access the courts and proceed with this case, including attorney, administrative record, bond, filing, and printing fees.

Please pursue these easy actions that will help us win this crucial litigation aimed at protecting our regional water, environment, and economy from the ongoing and potentially increased traffic, noise, pollution, derailment and collision risks, and catastrophic spills of coal, oil, tar sands, hazardous materials, and other “pipeline-on-wheels” trains in north Idaho and throughout the Northwest: Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Minnesota Acquittal of Valve Turners, Indigenous Peoples Day, Sioux Letter to TransCanada, Tribe Lawsuit Against Keystone XL Pipeline, Bayou Bridge & Line 3 Lock-Downs 10-10-18


The Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news, reflections, and recordings of Indigenous Peoples Day, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribe cease and desist letter to TransCanada, a Fort Belknap and Rosebud tribe lawsuit against the Keystone XL pipeline, water protector lock-downs opposing the Minnesota Line 3 and Louisiana Bayou Bridge pipelines, Minnesota court acquittal of tar sands pipeline valve turners, and other topics.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Railroad Bridges Lawsuit & Petition, Coal Derailments into Rivers, Relaxed Oil Train & Methane Release Rules, Montana Keystone XL Protesters as Terrorists, Solar Roadway Problems 10-3-18


The Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on a lawsuit and petition against a state railroad bridges permit, coal train derailments into Montana and Utah rivers, Northwest governor reactions to changed federal oil train safety rules, relaxed national methane release laws, Montana plans to treat Keystone XL pipeline protesters as terrorists, solar-paneled roadway problems, and other topics.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

WIRT Lawsuit & Petition Against State Railroad Bridges Permit

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On September 4, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) filed an amended notice of appeal and petition for judicial review of the June 21 approval of a state, non-navigational, encroachment permit for construction of four proposed, permanent and temporary, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) bridges and associated fill in the navigable waters of Sand Creek and Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint, Idaho [1]. The notice requested county court analysis of the entire, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), administrative record, including public and agency comments, hearing testimony and proceedings, and the BNSF application.  Local attorney Wendy Earle electronically filed the petition and her notice of appearance on WIRT’s behalf,  replacing and expanding the initial notice of appeal hand-delivered pro se (without lawyer representation) with a $500 bond to the Idaho First Judicial District Court in Bonner County, on July 20 [2-5].  The lawsuit names as respondents IDL director David Groeschl, IDL-appointed, May 23 hearings officer Chris Bromley, and the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners.  Copies of the documents were also sent via email to Idaho attorney general (AG) Lawrence Wasden, chief of the AG’s natural resources division Darrell Early, and the respondents’ lawyers, deputy AGs Angela Kaufmann and Joy Vega in Boise, who filed a notice of appearance on August 20.

In an opening procedural overview, the notice describes a filing time extension granted by First District Judge Barbara Buchanan, and notes that petitioner WIRT has exhausted all administrative remedies. It also references the hearing officer’s preliminary order and IDL director’s final order issuing the BNSF permit and culminating from two recorded, May 23, administrative hearings held by IDL and the land board in Ponderay and Sandpoint.  Because IDL failed to properly prepare and publish on the IDL website the final transcripts of those sessions with the legally required, attested signature of the hearings reporter, WIRT sent a request for the official transcripts and pertinent, public records, and mailed a $100 deposit for estimated copying fees to IDL [6].  We also downloaded and printed the full record, including the BNSF application and state documents, from the IDL website.

The notice’s overview of law and facts asserts that petitioner WIRT collectively has standing as an aggrieved party appealing and seeking judicial review of these state actions, because its board members and multiple, WIRT and associated members requested and appeared at the formal hearings and offered comments for the public record. Of 31 citizens who testified at the morning and evening hearings, 21 spoke in opposition to the BNSF rail bridge expansion project, and ten supported it.  As an Idaho non-profit organization, who applied for state incorporation on Friday, August 31, exactly seven years and five months after formation as a climate activist collective, WIRT works to protect environmental values such as water and air quality and habitat for fish and wildlife like threatened bull trout.  WIRT members are concerned about train derailment dangers and environmental health and safety issues arising from increased fossil fuel and hazardous materials infrastructure and traffic capacity, as we reside, recreate, and enjoy the aesthetic qualities of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek.  Some WIRT activists, as registered tribal members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai bands off the Flathead Reservation, honor the 1859 Stevens treaty granting reserved fishing rights in the Clark Fork River that flows into the lake.  Considering all of these circumstances, approval of the BNSF encroachment permit violates WIRT’s substantial rights and would inflict actual and direct harm, if the state does not vacate this challenged, permit decision. Continue reading