Global Protests Against Tar Sands


One day after the Idaho Transportation Dept. green lighted two mega-loads to travel through Idaho toward the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, protests against the controversial Canadian project will be staged across the globe.

Scores of protests are scheduled for London, Copenhagen, Vienna, 11 Canadian cities and 25 cities in the United States. A group calling itself Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will be protesting in Moscow, where at least two of the mega-loads will roll by later this month.

"Oil companies in Alberta are logging an area the size of Scotland" and "creating huge toxic lakes that can be seen from space," said a WIRT spokesman.

On Friday, ITD granted two permits to ExxonMobil to haul two giant loads of oil equipment from the Port of Lewiston north on Highway 95, through Moscow, east of Highway 90 before heading north to Alberta. The first two shipments are expected to begin moving Monday, June 27.