Red State Rebels: Idaho Residents Call for Support & Solidarity Against Tar Sands Megaloads

UPDATE from Wild Idaho Rising Tide: “Last night the city of Moscow was a police-state, with close to 30 police officers lining a 3-block radius in downtown. We’ve been tipped off that Exxon put in a phone call to the City police department and is now paying the force’s overtime pay. The load was not blocked and people are just sick to their stomach. A community meeting is being planned and we need as much help as we can get.”

The fight against the tar sands is hot!

In the past week and half, over 700 people have been arrested sitting in at the White House in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also today, Indigenous Canadians took action at the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C. More actions are planned everyday until Saturday and it’s beginning to spread around the world with solidarity actions in Cairo and Durban, South Africa.

And in Idaho, Wild Idaho Rising Tide has already taken multiple actions blocking the tar sands megaloads bound for Alberta.

Last week, 9 were arrested fighting the megaloads. More actions are planned. 67 more loads will be rolling and they need some help!

Oil companies like Exxon are transporting massive pieces of oil extraction equipment from South Korea to Portland Oregon via ship, up the Snake and Columbia Rivers by barge to Lewiston Idaho and plan to truck them to Alberta over Idaho and Montana’s scenic highways and byways. The megaloads have been fought in the legal and regulatory arenas in ID and MT. Exxon has used every trick and loophole in the book to move that equipment. Now they are moving and Idaho’s residents are responding with non-violent direct action.

Wild Idaho Rising Tide put out this call for support today:

Keep up your creativity and resolve under pressure, dear comrades! Allies elsewhere, we are under escalating siege and need you by our sides, either physically or fiscally. Please come to Idaho or contribute your aid to our resistance of another 67 transports that build tar sands hell.

Contact Wild Idaho Rising Tide at or on Facebook

They need support funds and people to help plan and carry out creative non-violent direct action.  Please support however you can.

They plan another action tonight to intercept the 2nd megaload truck:

Moscow Megaload Madness, Round 2

If you missed the mega-protest last Thursday or just cannot get enough of rebuking Big Oil’s abuses of Idaho roads, First Nations people, and our global climate, this is your chance to monitor and protest the ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil transports.  Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and community members are meeting at the Pie Hole, 125 East Second Street in Moscow:
* At 9 pm to monitor the second full-size half-height megaload between Lewiston and Moscow,
* At 10 pm to organize WIRT’s practical tactics, overarching strategies, and organizational development with visiting activists,
* At 11 pm to wait for the Moscow arrival of the second megaload and to learn from visiting activists how to know your rights, interact with police, and form affinity groups

When the ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil component of an Alberta tar sands upgrader reaches Moscow, we trust that you will join with your fellow Idahoans, bringing your protest signs and chants, friends and family, and heartfelt actions plans.  Because inspiration takes many forms, we do not know where and what demonstrations will materialize on Wednesday night, but we welcome your participation within certain parameters.

This ninth Imperial Oil equipment shipment on Highway 95 weighs 322,800 pounds, obstructs two lanes of traffic with its 24-foot width, and looms at 14 feet high and 193 feet long.  It will depart the Port of Lewiston and travel between 10 pm and 5:30 am on Wednesday night, north on U.S. Highway 95 to Interstates 90 and 15 and Canada.

 At an average speed of 35 miles per hour, the convoy will limit traffic delays to 15 minutes at 25 previously identified locations.  Over the course of three days, the transport will stop near the Latah/Benewah county line, at the Interstate 90 milepost 33 pullout, and by the Idaho/Montana border.  Pilot vehicles and Idaho State Police patrol cars will accompany the load.

Come out and express your opposition to Alberta tar sands development and associated ecosystem destruction, to oil companies’ establishment of a permanent Highway 95 industrial corridor, and to their exploitation and degradation of our taxpayer maintained rural roads, rivers, bridges, and historic structures and sites, and of North Americans’ road safety and access, community character, human rights, and civil liberties.”

6 Responses to “Red State Rebels: Idaho Residents Call for Support & Solidarity Against Tar Sands Megaloads”

  1. 1 Curtis Morrison Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wild Idaho Rising Tide: Thanks for standing up to Keystone XL.

    Looks like the new total arrested in D.C. today will end up around 836. (I was #51 on Day 1). While it’s something to get arrested in front of the White House, it’s a special kind of courage to sit down on the ground in the path of a semi. In a small town. And in the dark.

  2. 2 Sharon Cousins Sep 1st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Further report on last night’s action in Moscow:

    Fascism was much more in force last night in Moscow, Idaho, as people gathered to demonstrate against another giant Hellberta-bound outsourced megaload. There was a good turnout, but there were more police and they were working very hard at keeping everyone on the sidewalks, aided and abetted by their new rule that if you cross the street three times while the megaload is coming through you will get arrested. Since a lot of the people who have been doing the crosswalk parades to slow the loads were people who can’t afford to get arrested, this put a huge crimp in things, too. The load and convoy worked much harder at keeping going, too… driving too fast and too close. Moscow’s newly-fascist police force is probably patting themselves on the fucking backs for ‘keeping the peace’, but all they did was rack the pressure cooker up a notch.

    Resisters are still determined… more so than ever after seeing the premier of Tipping Point (which hasn’t been officially released yet, but will be soon and I highly recommend it)… but weren’t prepared to cope with the new set-up. I know people will be strategising. We’ll just have to see what happens next time. Only being able to shout and wave our signs as they ground through town on their way to murder more people in Hellberta was like a half-come. They are having a smug morning; we are left frustrated and incomplete, more disenfranchised than ever. This will not work for them in the long run. Having Moscow police turn into company thugs like ISP has already done is not a good thing for the people. This state was corrupt enough already without adding more corporate corruption. Very depressing, but we will not let it stop us from looking for ways to resist this outrage to our highways and the world’s atmosphere. We stand in solidarity with climate outrage resisters in DC and around the world.

  3. 3 Sharon Cousins Sep 8th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    The rumor of city police being in Exxon’s page may not be true (or at least not yet). I have heard the mayor is resistant to that idea.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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