Archive for August, 2013

Montana Activists Blockade Oil Sands Equipment – Temporarily

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 13, some thirty five protesters met and momentarily stopped the embattled Omega-Morgan shipment carrying tar sands refining equipment to Alberta, Canada. As the load approached the group of protesters it appeared as a run-of-the-mill sidewalk demo. When it was within just a few feet those present took the street quickly and held their ground as the cops and convoy workers looked on in confusion.

It was apparent that the police had VERY little patience for the situation — and issued an arrest warning immediately. Our police liason was able to buy a bit of time, but the group decided to finish off the evening with no arrests. Demonstrators halted the movement of the shipment for about ten minutes, far shy of the many hours that our Nez Perce comrades held it at bay. Nevertheless, it was an invigorating experience for the group — many of whom were participating in their first act of non-violent civil disobedience.   Inline image 1

This same piece of equipment had experienced four consecutive nights of blockades and protests as it traveled through the Nez Perce nation and Lochsa wild and scenic river corridor in Idaho last week. Once it was known that the shipment was inside MT, organizers with Northern Rockies Rising Tide, Indian Peoples Action, All Against the Haul and Idle No More mobilized folks with about 48 hours lead time. Those present made it clear that future shipments will be met with further action, on and off the streets.

Third Night of Protests and Blockades in Nez Perce Country


By Earth First! News

Protestors with the Nez Perce as well as Wild Idaho Rising Tide and Idle No More turned out for a third night of demonstrations against the illegal megaload’s passage through Nez Perce country.

Yesterday’s police was the largest yet, taking the side of Omega Morgan rather than the law. According to Wild Idaho Rising Tide, the police were “more forceful this time. Using their cars and phalanx tactics they forced a way through the crowd and broke the blockade faster than on other nights. The megaload took off and fled, tail between its legs, and proceeded to break laws (AIDED by the cops!) and endanger people all the way to get itself off the Res. before stopping for the night, terrified of facing the Nimipu on yet another night.”

WIRT is calling on the US Forest Service to “step up to the plate with fed marshals, arrest the driver, and impound the rig,” which is traveling without a permit.

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Nez Perce, Idle No More, Wild Idaho Rising Tide Blockade Megaloads on Highway 12


By Earth First! News

Nearly 150 members of the Nez Perce Nation were joined by Idle No More, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), and others in a blockade of Highway 12 in Idaho for three hours late last night to stop a megaload carrying tar sands equipment.

While most people stood on the edges of the road to support the blockaders, the manifestation included about 50 people on the Highway stopping traffic, and was the longest blockade since the beginning of the megaloads shipments.

The oversized water evaporator had received one permit, but bypassed approval by  the U.S. Forest Service and Federal Highway Administration. The Forest Service even raised objections, but the Oregon-based shipper Omega Morgan tried to slip the megaload through unnoticed. Through the important activism of Wild Idaho Rising Tide and others, however, the megaload was located easily and tracked. 

Judging by its position, the megaload is set to travel across Nez Perce ancestral land and a Wild and Scenic Corridor soon, so the tribal members decided to take direct action rather than sit around and wait for an injunction.

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VIDEO: Monday’s Action at Proposed Tar Sands Mine in Utah

from Peaceful Uprising

Respect Existence, or Expect Resistance!

Earlier this week activists converged at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States. They shut down work at the mine, and road construction, for the entire day.

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Climate Justice Activists Occupy Site of Proposed Tar Sands Mine in Eastern Utah


Bookcliffs Range, Utah – Dozens of individuals peacefully disrupted road construction and stopped operations today at the site of a proposed tar sands mine in the Bookcliffs range of southeastern Utah. Earlier this morning, Utahns joined members of indigenous tribes from the Four Corners region and allies from across the country for a water ceremony inside the mine site on the East Tavaputs Plateau. Following the ceremony, a group continued to stop work at the mine site while others halted road construction, surrounding heavy machinery with banners reading “Respect Existence or Expect Existence” and “Tar Sands Wrecks Lands”.

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