Tar Sands Megaload Solidarity Actions Prompt Six Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Early on Friday morning, August 26, over one hundred and fifty people blocked a 414,000-pound, 208-foot long tar sands processing plant module at a major Moscow, Idaho, intersection for up to 45 minutes. While a half dozen protesters sat in the Third and Washington street crosswalk in front of the massive ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil shipment, scores of community members and newly returned college students stood in the streets, angrily chanting and waving signs. Protesters who stopped the shipment also expressed solidarity with Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline permitting opponents in the Plains states, British Columbia, and at daily, ongoing sit-ins at the White House gates in Washington DC.

Last October, thirty-four modules up to thirty feet high had been shipped and barged to the Port of Lewiston, where they were stranded and reduced in size after a series of four lawsuits diverted movement of the locally-termed "megaloads" away from ExxonMobil's nominally preferred route, the Highway 12 wild and scenic river corridor. Last night proved one more instance of ever more meaningful and effective rallies in the Northwest that work to divest our dependence on the dirty oil derived from tar sands development.
Other news about the protest:
(From activists:) <a href=" " href="http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2011/08/26/breaking-idaho-residents-arrested-blocking-tar-sands-megaloads-bound-for-alberta/">">link to itsgettinghotinhere.org Idaho Residents Arrested Blocking Tar Sands Megaloads Bound for Alberta</a>
(From local media:) <a href=" http://www.dnews.com/breaking-news/1795"Four arrested at megaload protest in Moscow
Moscow Pullman Daily News, August 26, 2011</a>

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