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Thu Jan 8, 2015, 03:32 AM

 

Why Is the FBI Harassing Activists in Cascadia? (megaloads)

Here's something I've never heard of:


In August 2014, two activists with the environmentalist group Rising Tide spent a week riding the backwoods highways of Idaho monitoring a megaload—a big rig hauling equipment for processing tar-sands oil that’s wide enough to take up two lanes of road, too high to fit under a freeway overpass, can be longer than a football field, and can weigh up to 1,000,000 pounds.

They had no idea that they would soon be wrapped up in a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that encompassed three states and several environmentalist groups.

Helen Yost of Moscow, Idaho, and Herb Goodwin of Bellingham, Washington, have spent years travelling through area the bioregion of Cascadia to halt megaloads, from Washington and Oregon to Idaho and up through Montana. They are used to harassment from law enforcement. That week, Goodwin said, the two were stopped on average twice a night, by law-enforcement agencies ranging from state troopers to local police in Sandpoint and Moscow.

Usually carrying equipment to upgrade and expand tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada, megaloads make a torturous crawl along rural roads at night to avoid traffic, questions, and complaints. But activists like Goodwin and Yost have been remarkably successful at organizing the people in mountain country. In August 2013, more than a hundred people in Idaho participated in a four-day mobile blockade of a megaload on U.S. 12 headed for the Nez Perce reservation. The Nez Perce Nation said the megaloads threatened treaty-reserved resources, historic and cultural resources, and “tribal member health and welfare.” Tribal chair Silas Whitman was one of the blockaders arrested, while activists from Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), the group Yost helped form, played important support roles.

Rising Tide North America’s network, spun out of the Earth First! grass-roots environmentalist movement in 2005, now spans the Cascadia bioregion, with chapters in Seattle, Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Moscow, Idaho; Missoula, Montana; and Vancouver, B.C. In the last six months, they have collaborated on an average of a blockade per month, and have helped to spearhead the movement against fossil-fuel exports through the Pacific Northwest. The network has worked in solidarity with indigenous peoples to halt megaloads, has marched in pickets with unions to shut down ports, and has aided community groups to stop permits for coal, oil, and gas terminals on the Pacific Coast.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/06/why-is-the-fbi-harassing-activists-in-cascadia/

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Thu Jan 8, 2015, 03:37 AM

1. Thanks for this. I live in the Northwest and although I've never heard of this group before, I

have seen the effort into stopping moving coal through the Northwest and into China.

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Response to easychoice (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 8, 2015, 05:04 AM

3. thanks for the photo

 

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Response to NewDeal_Dem (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 8, 2015, 05:10 AM

4. my pleasure,That looks like part of the Nostromo,lol

I wonder who is paying to fix the highways? There will be fixing...

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Response to easychoice (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 8, 2015, 05:24 AM

5. yes, that's yet another consideration.

 

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