Latest Entries »

The ITD (Idaho Transportation Department) will issue permits to Conoco-Phillips next Tuesday, January 25th. They are expected to start the first load up wild and scenic route 12 on February 1st. Conoco-Phillips and ITD claim that only one load will be on route 12 at a time. And it will take 3 weeks before the first 2 loads can get to Billings and the trailers can come back to pick up the next 2 loads.

But this will not happen without resistance. All US citizens need to stand up to stop this scenic byway from becoming an industrial corridor. Exxon mobile says it has 207 over-legal heavy loads it wants to ship up route 12. The South Korean company that is making these modules has revealed that it will be making these units for Exxon-Mobile for 10 years. Also Harvest Energy (a South Korean government-owned company) has approached the Port of Lewiston with an interest in shipping oil processing equipment through route 12 and up to the Alberta Tar Sands.

Contact us at



Big Oil Still Waiting

Although the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) issued permits for the Conoco/Phillips shipments, bound for Billings, last Wednesday, they also put a stay on them until further details are worked out. The original 3 people on the lawsuit filed a petition to intervene with the ITD which if allowed would make this a contested case. This could allow for public hearings and a 30 day comment period. Attorney for the plaintiffs Laird Lucas (of Advocates for the West) stated that he would be surprised if a decision was made before Nov.19th.

Meanwhile the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is still waiting for Conoco/Phillips and Exxon/Mobile to submit plans for what they plan to do in case of an accident such as a Mega-load dropping into the river. Jim Lynch, director of the MDT said, “Moving a huge crane probably would not be a solution because of the length of time it would take. If it meant dismantling the equipment or making the equipment not useable, that might have to be one of their options.” Exxon/Mobile said it would use a crane if the load slipped into one of the 2 rivers. The closest crane is 10 hours away in Spokane.

The MDT is stricter than ITD in several ways. It would require the loads to pull over for traffic every 10 minutes (Idaho law says 10 minutes but the ITD is allowing 15 minutes). Also all overlegal loads that traverse Montana must go through an environmental review. The MDT could hold 3 public hearings and a 30 day comment period because of the construction of new pullouts.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to register for the Tar Sands Summit in Missoula  November 19-22. Register here online, it’s free:

Tar Sands Summit

There is an important Tar Sands Summit November 19-22 (Friday-Monday) 30 miles from Missoula, Montana. It is free but you have to register on-line at the link below. This being put on by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Rockies Rising Tide. It is meant to be for training and organizing to stop the shipment of the giant loads out of Lewiston and to continue to get global attention on the Tar Sands issue. Please come and be part of the resistance.


This is the back view of the port

Monday, November 1st the Idaho Supreme court issued their decision overturning a lower court decision that issuing the transportation permits did not consider public safety and arbitarily allowed the loads to pull over every 15 minutes, in spite of the fact that the regulations say slow vehicles must pull over every ten minutes. The Supreme court stated that it had no jurisdiction.

In response the rural people, who filed the original suit, (Linwood Laughy, Karen Hendrickson and Peter Grub) petitioned the Idaho Transportation Department to intervene on the issue while the ITD decides how to move forward.

The 4 Conoco/Phillips loads could start down route 12 as soon as the ITD makes a decision.

Exxon/Mobile currently has 15 shipments at the port of Lewiston and is trying to get a total of 40 here before the locks downstream are closed for repairs. They will be closed for 14 weeks.

More Exxon Shipments Arrive

Exxon/Mobile has dropped its second barge-load of oil processing units at the port of Lewiston bringing the total to 15 Exxon Mega-loads. Note that they are not all the same. Some are taller than the previous shipments and at least one is much lower. Feel free to download these images and enlarge it to see the details. Maybe we should go fishing some time.

Also 2 of the Conoco shipments have been moved just outside of the “secured” area, but they are not on wheels. The 2 Conoco shipments that are still in the “guarded” area are on their trailers and appear to be ready to go.

The Idaho Supreme Court has still not issued a decision on the Conoco/Phillips shipments. Maybe they are waiting for another payment.

Start a boycott in your area and wherever you may wander. Boycott Exxon, Mobile, Conoco and Phillips gas stations.

Thank you for being on the right side of the fight. Peoples and animals lives depend on it.

New York Times Tar Sands


The Movie H2Oil will be showing for free in Moscow Idaho at the University of Idaho. College of Natural Resources, room 10 on Tuesday Oct. 19th at 5:30 pm. Then it plays Wednesday Oct 20th in Lewiston at Lewis and Clark State College at 3:00 pm in Sacajawea Hall room 115. This is part of the Missoula based Northern Rockies Rising Tide road show. Rising Tide is a national campaign.

 H2 Oil recently was viewed by a packed crowd in Missoula. Come see why you should be angry that Imperal Oil and Exxon/Mobil want to use our wild and scenic highway (route 12) as a corridor for these massive destructive loads. Also you can read up on the latest news in last Friday’s Lewiston Tribune  (Oct. 15th) ( The first 8 Exxon Mega-loads were unloaded at the Port of Lewiston Last Thursday and Wackenhut security is “guarding” the loads.

Also if you are an Idaho resident, vote for Keith Allred against Butch Otter (Big Oil Shipment supporter) in this November’s Governor’s election.

Another excellent short video is posted on youtube:

Protest in Lewiston

Protest of Exxon/Mobile arrival in Idaho

We were caught off guard by the first of 8 Exxon shipments arriving in Lewiston a full 7 days before they were supposed to. Despite that we scrambled and threw together a successful (non-arrest) protest on Memorial bridge last Saturday in Lewiston. The 90 minute demonstration involved people from the Nez Perce tribe, locals who live along wild and scenic highway 12 and environmentalist as well as other concerned citizens.

The rally in Lewiston is this Saturday at 10am on the Memorial Bridge. After much legwork and consideration, the sidewalks along the bridge are public-rights of way, do not require a permit, and offer us a great chance to peacefully demonstrate without being harassed by the authorities. Memorial Bridge crosses over the Clearwater River and gives us great visibility to the folks driving along Rt. 12, and gives us a good view of the Port itself.

For folks that live in Moscow, we will be car-pooling from the Eastside Marketplace at 9am–at the south end of the lot, next to Route 8.

Lastly, we are working with members of the Nez Perce Tribe to attend the event and activate their community. Their is a pow-wow at the Clearwatwer Casino and we’ve been told that there will be an announcement made at the opening ceremony on Friday night. The pow-wow begins again on Saturday at 1pm and we hope to have multiple drummers on the bridge before hand.

As the Exxon/Mobile Mega-loads shipments move closer, Northern Rockies Rising Tide (out of Missoula) is starting a roadshow featuring the movie H2Oil. So if you missed this powerful documentary a few months ago here is your second chance. Moscow’s Friends of the Clearwater will be sponsoring the event at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources building, Room 10 at 5:30 pm on October 19th. There will also be a showing at Lewis and Clark State College on October 20th at 3:00 in Sacajawea Hall Room 115.

As reported in the October 5th Lewiston Tribune, the first Exxon/Mobile Mega-loads shipments have arrived in Vancouver, Washington and could start being barged up to the port of Lewiston as early as next week even though they don’t know if they will be permitted to ship the first 9 of 200 shipments through Idaho or Montana. The port of Vancouver is expected to bring in $1,000,000 from the 200 shipments whereas the port of Lewiston will only receive $100,000, or less than $10,000 a month.

The Idaho Supreme court has yet to make a ruling on the permitting of the precedent setting case of the Conoco/Phillips shipments to Billings.
tar sands tour poster

BBC Coverage