Although the federal Judicial panel meeting tomorrow to discuss combining lawsuits against BP may have hoped large anti-BP sentiments would not be an issue in the far reaches of Idaho, their presence isn’t going to go by unnoticed.
At 7 a.m., anti-BP protestors will meet at the Northwest corner of Ann Morrison Park, and will march at 8 a.m. to the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse to protest at 9 a.m. The main purpose of the event is to show disapproval with BP’s request that U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, who has longstanding ties with the oil industry, preside over the combined lawsuits.
"This is the first step in a long legal battle and getting off on the right foot is really important," organizer Michael Parker told Citydesk.
Because most of the promotion for the event has been organized online and on Facebook, Parker said it is difficult to estimate how many people will be present. However, he indicated around 100 people would be present on the permit application he filled out to protest on federal grounds. Park said he has received positive responses for the event and its goals of ensuring the victims have a fair say.
"It's about the people down on the Gulf," Parker said. "Because this has been taken so far away from those impacted by the disaster, they need voices up here to be supportive of them."
Those interested in participating should note that no backpacks or weapons will be allowed. Protestors are encouraged to get to the park without using a car, but if driving is necessary, they are encouraged to carpool. For more information about the event, visit the group's website.