Archive for April, 2011

Mega-Earth Week Events


Earth Week has Alberta Tar Sands and Mega-load events this week.

Today: Monday 4/18: Join us for a Mega-load making party to construct a life (some would say death) sized mock Mega-load for the protest march this Wednesday. If you want to help build or paint come to the Attic at 7 pm today.

Tuesday: 4/19: There will be 2 showings of H2Oil. They will sandwich several 15 minute presentations by grad students concerned about the Mega-loads. It is at the Borah theater in the SUB on the Uof I campus between 1-4 pm.

Groups working to stop the Mega-loads will be tabling outside the theater.

Wednesday: 4/20: March with the protest Mega-load. Meet on campus at the Shattuck ampatheater at 11am and be ready to march by 11:15.

Next Monday: 4/25: Friends of the Clearwater will sponsor Mega at the 1912 Center from 5:30-8:30pm. This is a presentation from Architecture students who have been studying the problems with Mega-loads. The students are from the Uof I and WSU.

Go to Wild Idaho Rising Tide for more info.

Exxon Fails the Test

Exxon Test load at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho


Two nights ago Exxon/Mobile-Imperial Oil attempted a test run east on route 12 out of the Port of Lewiston. This is the easiest stretch of highway yet they managed to snag a cable, break off a utility pole and kill the electricity for 1,300 people for 5 hours. This was supposed to be the run that proved to all that Exxon and their Dutch haulers could safely move these monstrous, destructive loads down our scenic byway.

Exxon expected that they would reach the Montana border in 3 days. Now they are grounded for being bad little, Big Oil, Earth rapers. They cannot move from their first nights stop until they file a report with the ITD. They and Conoco/Phillips have been testing the limits of Arrow Bridge (just east of Lewiston) and testing the limits of tolerance locals may have for them.

Conoco/Phillips originally estimated that it would take 2 weeks to move their first 2 loads from Lewiston, Idaho to Billings, Montana. It took 65 days. We don’t need to slow them down, they are already good at that. We need to stop them.

Don’t forget about the annual Earth First! Rendezvous right along route 12 by the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, July 5-12. It will be a campout not to forget. Stay tuned for directions which will come as soon as our site thaws out.

Loads Split Paths


Exxon plans to take 60 Mega loads up route 95 through Moscow Idaho. It is estimated that the largest would be 16 feet high, 24 feet wide and 200 feet long. They would go 5 to 12 miles an hour and take 20 minutes to go through town when the average truck can easily get through town in 10 minutes. They would be allowed to have one truck in Moscow every night between 10 pm and 5:30 am. Mayor Chaney expressed concerns that Moscow is a pedestrian friendly town and the giant loads may be going through when the bars let out. LET’S HAVE A STREET PARTY!

Major Chaney has asked for public comment meetings and she and the city council expressed concerns, but this route is a federal highway just like all of the other routes. So the city has little power to stop the insanity. But it does give concerned citizens a chance to get creative: string a banner across the road; have people endlessly walk across the three lane, one way street; weave art projects across the road; whoops my car broke down in the center lane. You get the idea-be creative.

Exxon would prefer wild and scenic byway (route 12) but has become frustrated and started chopping up 33 loads at $500,000 apiece to give its evil, greedy self a chance at alternative routes. Exxon has cancelled its test shipment up route 12 several times due to incompetence. They forgot to bring the crew the first time. This time they forgot to build the extra pullouts in Montana and they don’t have Montana permits.

Idaho Rivers United has filed a lawsuit against the US Forest Service to try to stop them from using route 12. A temoprary restaining order cannot be issued in this case.

Exxon has also sent (and will continue to send) some of its “smaller” Mega loads from the port of Vancouver Washington up I-5 and across I-90 through western Montana and up into Alberta to further rape the Boreal forest and be a willing partner in the most environmentally destructive project in the history of Earth.

Stay tuned for Earth First! Rendezvous info. here in the Big Wild of Idaho.