Feb. 7 Idaho Bill on Oil & Gas Permits & Forced Pooling, Feb. 2 Approval of ITD Highway 12 Megaload Rules


Idaho House Bill 64 Exploits Idaho Resources and Rights

Idaho gasland residents need your legislative input!  At 12:30 pm PST/1:30 pm MST on Tuesday, February 7, in Room EW40, downstairs and on the east side of the Idaho Capitol, near Sixth Street in downtown Boise, the House Resources and Conservation Committee will consider House Bill 64, proposed by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the proverbial fox not only guarding but designing the hen house of state and citizen fossil fuel resources and rights, as acknowledged by Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) at a recent hearing on another industry-friendly, IDL bill [1].  HB 64 would amend Idaho code regulating IDL-issued permits to drill or treat (frack, acidize, etc.) oil and gas wells, integration (forced pooling) of the tracts of mineral owners who do not willingly sign oil and gas leases, and administrative hearings on oil and gas integration disputes [2].

IDL director Tom Schultz will undoubtedly extol the benefits of House Bill 64 in his presentation before House Resources and Conservation Committee members, who are responsible for studying all information about this proposed law, available from research, statements, testimony, and hearings, to determine its scope and effects.  Thus, CAIA and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) are calling for your input of crucial counterpoints, as Idahoans defending citizen rights to health, safety, and property.

Please consider and support the following CAIA and WIRT concerns about and suggested changes to HB 64, and write, call, or testify to the Idaho legislators of your district and of this House committee, via their following email addresses, phone numbers, or in person, to share your comments soon [3].  In the lower left corner of the main Idaho Legislature web page, enter your street address and zip code under Who’s My Legislator? and click Find [4].  The photos of your legislators that appear will lead to their email and phone contact information.  The Legislative Services Office Information Center at idleginfo@lso.idaho.gov and 208-332-1000 can also assist your input.  When calling legislators or the information center, state and spell your name and your organizational affiliation.  Listen to IDL and legislator discussion of House Bill 64 though the audio recording of the committee hearing at 12:30 pm PST/1:30 pm MST on February 7 [5].

Urge your legislative and House resources committee members to support the following changes to House Bill 64, regulating the actions of the oil and gas industry in Idaho, responsible state agencies, and impacted citizens: Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Highway 12 Megaload Settlement & ITD Rules, Idaho Legislature on Oil & Gas Rules & Climate Change, Oil Trains & Terminals Permit, State Report, & Lawsuits 2-1-17


The Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a Highway 12 megaload mediation settlement and inconsistent state rules moving through the Idaho House, Idaho Legislature considerations of oil and gas rules and a climate change hearing, and a City of Hoquiam permit, Washington Department of Ecology report, and Swinomish Tribe and Spokane lawsuits addressing Washington oil trains and terminals.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Tell Idaho Representatives to Reject ITD Highway 12 Megaload Rules


On Friday, January 27, the Nez Perce Tribe, U.S. Forest Service, and Idaho Rivers United, with the help of Advocates for the West attorneys, reached a settlement in mediation resolving megaload traffic on U.S. Highway 12, as ordered by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals [1-3].  Resulting from three years of studies and discussions, to which the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) was invited but refused to participate, the agreement prohibits some megaloads from traveling through the wild and scenic Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa river corridor, between highway mileposts 74 and 174, from around Kooskia to the Montana border.  Grateful for all of the citizens and tribal members who worked tirelessly for years to achieve this triumph, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) acknowledges and applauds our colleagues (including Fighting Goliath, Friends of the Clearwater, and others) who have slowed, if not stopped, a rapid, violent process of conceiving, building, and transporting massive loads of fossil fuel infrastructure that privilege oil company profits over local people and wild places.

Thanks to everyone for the good news and congratulations on this megaload court case resolution, and for credit for peaceful and well-voiced megaload protests throughout the region.  But defense of treaty and public lands and rivers via lawsuits creates sacrifice zones, like the Dakota Access pipeline path diverted from Bismarck to Standing Rock to other watersheds in North Dakota.  WIRT activists hope but do not trust that this current mediation success will not again endanger and dismiss diverse communities along alternative, regional, megaload routes beyond the Nez Perce reservation and national forest and the Clearwater-Lochsa wild and scenic river corridor.  We will continue to support and assist megaload resistance and uprisings along other region-wide highways supplying interior shale oil and gas and tar sands extraction operations from Columbia River basin and Pacific ports.

On and beyond Highway 12, WIRT and grassroots and indigenous allies (Act on Climate, All Against the Haul, Blues Skies Campaign, Idaho Mythweaver, Indian Peoples Action, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribes, Fighting Goliath, Friends of the Clearwater, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Idaho Rivers United, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Northern Rockies Earth First!, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, and 350, Occupy, and Rising Tide groups in Bellingham, Boise, Missoula, Moscow, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane, among many others) accomplished intensive, loosely coordinated, megaload protests and campaigns on the ground and in the courts from 2010 to 2014.  We necessarily devised creative tactics that effectively, but not as apparently, overcame not only the industry and government adversaries shared with litigating allies, but also the public neglect and dismissal of our efforts engendered by more obvious and publicized lawsuit wins.  WIRT minimally celebrates court case gains that deflect the enemy and/or problem to groups with lesser capacities to resist, at least through the conservative state administrative system, due to our concerns over environmental justice, mainstream conservation organization protocol, and the increased possibility under the Trump administration of looming megaload onslaughts on every regional river, road, and rail line, including Highway 12.

By now, we all know these predictable outcomes: If Highway 12 megaload opponents win, communities along alternative, industrial corridors across the rest of the region lose, as they fall directly into the crosshairs of Big Oil’s megaload traffic.  Under the Trump-Tillerson dirty energy tyranny, ALL Northwest and Northern Rockies routes could overflow with both fossil fuel infrastructure and its resistance.  WIRT will NOT fiddle a victory tune on Highway 12, while the planet (and even the Big Wild forests around U.S. 12) burn.  But the new presidency may inadvertently force us all to finally act as mutually supportive, ecologically sustainable communities, who esteem both wildlands and their sacrifice zones as sacred.  We wonder if such a shift is possible though, among the colonized, Western civilizations that mainstream conservation and climate groups wish to maintain, while the triple threats of capitalism, fascism, and climate change increasingly impose the brutal karma of ridiculous American hubris. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Five-Year Anniversary Celebration Re-Air of Interviews with Alma Hasse & Brooklyn Baptiste 1-25-17


The Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, celebrates five years of covering continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects by re-airing two interviews with activists in Idaho.  Alma Hasse of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability has actively opposed oil and gas development in Payette County, Idaho, for six years and accomplished a week-long, wrongfully-jailed hunger strike refuting local government conflicts of interest in October 2014.  Brooklyn Baptiste, former Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member, led and participated in four-night blockades of Alberta tar sands megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 through the reservation and treaty lands in August 2013.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show thanks the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling Hearing, Regional Trump Inauguration Protests, Court Blocking of Grays Harbor Oil Terminal, Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson Hearings 1-18-17


The Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the December 14 hearing on applications forcing Fruitland, Idaho property owners to lease their oil and gas, information about upcoming, regional marches protesting the Trump presidential inauguration, and news about Standing Rock Sioux and allied opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline, a Washington Supreme Court decision blocking the last, proposed, Grays Harbor oil train terminal, and Congressional hearings on the Trump nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Dakota Access, Trans-Pecos, & Sabal Trail Pipeline Resistance, Nez Perce Tribe Rejection of Wells Fargo, Pre-Legislative Idaho Oil & Gas Talks, Columbia Gorge Rail Expansion Lawsuit 1-11-17


The Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features an Al Jazeera report on Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous opposition to fossil fuel extraction and transportation, and news about Nez Perce Tribe rejection of Wells Fargo business ties, pre-legislative session discussions of Idaho oil and gas development, a Union Pacific lawsuit over locally blocked Columbia River Gorge rail expansion, and updates on indigenous and allied resistance camps and campaigns against the Trans-Pecos pipeline in Texas and the Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Move Your Money Out Demonstration in Sandpoint, Last Northwest Coal Terminal Rejection, Idaho & Washington Train Derailments, Dakota Access Pipeline Investor & Court Decisions, Alberta Tar Sands Health Impacts & Developer Transition 1-4-17


The Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a livestream recording of the Move Your Money Out demonstration in Sandpoint, Idaho, against Wells Fargo and US Bank pipeline funding, and news about Washington state agency rejection of the last proposed Northwest coal export terminal, train derailments near Boise, Idaho, and Vancouver, Washington, Dakota Access pipeline investor reticence and a declined construction injunction, and Alberta tar sands health impacts and a developer transition to wind farms.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Thunderstorm Blizzard, Firewood Drive, & Move Your Money Protests, Fukushima Radiation in West Coast Fish 12-28-16


The Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the Christmas thunderstorm blizzard at the Dakota Access pipeline resistance camps and information about a regional Standing Rock firewood drive and Move Your Money protests of Wells Fargo and US Bank pipeline funding, a Greenpeace direct action camp in Florida, Fukushima radiation contamination of West Coast fish, and a tar sands pipeline valve turner call to climate activism.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Winter Solstice Celebration, Dakota Access Pipeline Resisters & Trials, Sabal Trail Pipeline Opposition, Payette County Forced Pooling Hearing, Russian Arctic Oil & Trump’s Election, & U.S. & Canadian Bans of Arctic & Atlantic Drilling 12-21-16


The Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features information about Winter Solstice and its celebration in Sandpoint and news about Dakota Access pipeline resisters and court outcomes in North Dakota, Sabal Trail pipeline opposition in Florida, an oil and gas forced pooling hearing in Boise, potential oil and gas development in the Russian Arctic, and U.S. and Canadian bans of fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Winter Solstice Celebration & WIRT Monthly Meeting


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Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies invite everyone to a winter solstice celebration and the December Sandpoint WIRT meeting, one of two gatherings held every month on the first Wednesday in Moscow and on the third Wednesday in Sandpoint.  On the December 21 solstice, we are converging at 7 pm in Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  Join regional climate activists on the first evening of the solar new year for food, beer and wine, and conversations creating campaign strategies and tactics for actions and events supporting the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy, livable communities, and especially climate justice.

Topics of discussion may include updates, plans, and suggestions for:

* Regional resistance to coal, oil, gas, and tar sands leases, wells, processing plants, pipelines, trains, terminals, and refineries* Ongoing WIRT and allied mobilization of Idaho residents for coordinated, peaceful protests and agency hearings advancing anti-fossil fuels campaigns

* Statewide, January protests of Wells Fargo and US Bank funding of the Dakota Access pipeline, co-hosted with 350Sandpoint and Idaho and Spokane partner groups, in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux, indigenous, and allied pipeline opposition

* Ongoing, monthly, guest presentations and forums, like the successful Olympia Stand and valve turner talks, including a January or February Bringing NoDAPL Home Forum with Idaho and Spokane water protectors

* Local training workshops (ideally a spring, weekend, Idaho Panhandle, direct action and kayaktivism camp) and educational events sharing activist knowledge Continue reading