Megaload Blockade Organizing: More Megaloads Headed to Northwest!
Nez Perce megaload blockade
Anti-megaload activists from Northern Rockies Rising Tide are sending out an alert calling on all West Coast/Columbia River activists. Breaking news from Northern Rockies Rising Tide (12:22 am Tuesday): "Thirty people just blocked the megaload for about five minutes. No arrests. Lots of cops, not much patience. Lots of good material.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) offers its humble gratitude for all of the courageous Nez Perce tribal members and regional supporters who so successfully blockaded and scuttled the Omega Morgan plan to move a 644,000-pound evaporator to Alberta tar sands operations through the wild rivers, forests, and canyons of the Nez Perce homeland. After crossing Idaho over four nights and meeting the most passionate resistance ever witnessed by such an industrial convoy, the megaload reached Highway 12 milepost 4, just over Lolo Pass in Montana, at 5:30 am on Friday morning, August 8. Ideally, the Idaho Rivers United/Nez Perce injunction requested on Thursday may take effect this week for the Lochsa-Clearwater wild and scenic river corridor in Idaho. We have heard that another eight loads are now headed down the Washington coast toward the Port of Wilma, so we are calling on all West Coast/Columbia River activists to report their observations of these shipments.
According to the Montana Department of Transportation and its issued megaload permit, the module cannot travel in the state on Fridays or Saturdays and will move from its current location to the Bonner truck stop on Monday night, August 12. Northern Rockies Rising Tide (NRRT), No Shipments Network, All Against the Haul, and other anti-megaload activists sent an alert and are organizing a Monday night solidarity protest. They coordinated an action planning meeting on Saturday afternoon and are asking that, if you can help with organizing or participating in the Monday action, please contact NRRT as soon as possible by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the phone number posted in the contact section of the NRRT website.
Thanks to everyone in Idaho and Montana for your ongoing climate, tar sands, and indigenous rights activism. We urge brave, fellow activists in Montana to rise up against this escalating Big Oil invasion. WIRT will send you megaload issue updates as timely as possible from the road.