12.13 Urgent Action Alert - Protest the Barricades!
- Posted by Trish Weber
- Call To Action
AATH received this email earlier in the week from (the indefatigable) Borg Hendrickson, requesting that we take action to protest IDT’s intent to barricade highway turnouts to protect the ConocoPhillips shipments from, well, protesters. Actually, the term IDT used wasn’t protesters, it was “nuts”; way to stay classy, IDT. Seriously, this seems like something everyone can get behind, regardless of one’s political persuasion or ideological identification.
After all, the last time this blogger checked, Idaho was a state in the USA, the Constitution of which guarantees the right to peaceably assemble. So, AATH nation, fire up your keyboards and warm up your typing fingers, as there is work to be done.
Earlier this week we noted details in the ConocoPhillips’ permit that ITD had issued on Nov. 12th. Among details was this line: “Emmert is authorized to barricade the approved turnouts for exclusive use for the wide loads up to 24 hours in advance for each move.” And also this line: “Travel is allowed 7 days a week…”
The 4 shipments will each travel 4 days on U.S.12, and the permits for these 4 may well set the precedence for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil’s 207 shipments, Harvest Energy’s 63 shipments, and others.
During the recent hearing in Boise regarding the CP shipments, Emmert International (the Conoco shipper) project manager Mark Albrecht said Emmert has already hired a barricade company to block turnouts throughout the scenic byway/All American Road U.S.12.
He further said that Emmert had not consulted the Nez Perce Tribe regarding ancestral fishing and hunting rights along the route nor the Clearwater National Forest regarding Emmert’s blocking public access to the CNF at locations such as the Fish Creek turnout and from access to 2 of the nations’ Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Lochsa and Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Barricaded turnouts will be unavailable to all vehicles: cars, pickups, motorcycles, bicycles, campers, motorhomes, delivery trucks, buses, logging trucks and other commercial trucks.
Each shipment, according to Emmert staff, will be escorted by 4 on-duty state police officers traveling in state police cruisers.
There are 100-plus turnouts in the ConocoPhillips’ plan approved by ITD, but the following mileposts identify most of the primary turnouts:
Mileposts: 12.2, 16.1, 20.8, 23.6, 31.4, 33.5, 36.3, 38.9, 48.8, 50.0, 53.4, 58, 61.1, 67.1, 68.2, 71.4, 77.5 83.1, 91.5, 94.1, 95.3, 94.5, 116.6, 120.3, 125.0, 126.8, 128.8, 130.0, 132.3, 135.4, 136.1, 137.1, 139.1, 143.2, 146.5, 148.0, 150,0, 151.7, 152.9, 153.8, 160.2, 165.0, 165.7, 167.4, 168.6, 169.0, 171.1, 172.0
1) We urge you to send a note to Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell and USFS Regional Supervisor Leslie Weldon imploring them to WAIT NO LONGER to step into the megaload controversy by demanding that ITD maintain public access to the Clearwater National Forest and Wild and Scenic Lochsa River and Middle Fork of the Clearwater River at all times.
Send your note to:
2) We urge you to send a note to the Idaho Dept. of Commerce’s Tourism Division Administrator Karen Ballard imploring her to WAIT NO LONGER to step forward by demanding that ITD maintain public access to turnouts all along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, 1 of the nation’s 27 All-American Roads, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Nez Perce National Historic Trail and Idaho’s segment of the Nez Perce National Historic Park—that is, all along U.S. Highway 12. Remind her that north central Idaho business and community leaders have worked diligently throughout the last 2 decades to build north central Idaho’s single growing industry—the $150 million tourism industry that employs nearly 5000 people. Tell her that NOW is the time for her to stand up and defend that industry.
Send your note to:
3) At the Boise hearing, ITD’s Dept. of Motor Vehicles chief Alan Frew justified barricading turnouts because: “I’ll call them ‘nuts’” might park in the turnouts. We urge you to buy 2 small bags of peanuts, stick mailing labels on them, and mail them to ITD.
Send a bag of nuts each to:
Director Brian Ness
Idaho Transportation Department
3311 West State Street
P.O. Box 7129
Boise ID 83707
DMV Chief Alan Frew
[same address as above]
4) We urge you to forward this email far and wide, particularly to Idahoans, and urge others to take the above actions.