Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Anti Mega-load Activists Set Up Secret Headquarters

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The environmental activist group Wild Idaho Rising Tide has set up a headquarters in the Moscow area, but is reticent to give its address. This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the group, which pushed back against mega-loads rolling through north-central Idaho on their way to Alberta's Kearl Oil Sands Project, has decided to open an office to manage its political activism but isn't ready to share its location.

"Because there can be some backlash against climate activists like us, we aren't necessarily making [the headquarters' address] available to the public," WIRT spokeswoman Helen Yost told the Tribune.

WIRT claims to have 200 supporters for the group's mission. Dozens of the activists regularly protested on the streets of Moscow as ExxonMobil rolled its giant loads of drilling equipment through the town en route to the tar sands. The demonstrations resulted in a number of people being arrested for trying to hinder the loads' progress.

Yost told the Tribune that her organization's next mission would be to "lead the charge for alternative energy."

"We live in an oil or fossil fuel sort of hedge-money state," she said. "People really don't have a say against a particular form of energy at this point."

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