RT Orientation, October 22, Postponed for Winona LaDuke Event at PSU

Are you freaked out by global ecosystemic collapse? Maybe feeling helpless and terrified, wandering amidst a faltering toxic industrial empire? Wondering what you can do to fight for Mama Earth, to defend her big beautiful rivers and mountains and forests and skies?

Neverfear! The next Portland Rising Tide Orientation is POSTPONED, and YOU ARE INVITED.

We will briefly review PRT’s history and past campaigns, discuss current local and regional fossil fuel threats, and support you in figuring out how you can best get involved.

Please bring: friends, questions, nervous excitement, your passion for life.

Orientation space is wheelchair accessible, though the bathroom is a bit questionable. Please contact us at info@portlandrisingtide.org with additional questions.

Please check back here for rescheduled orientation at 2249 E Burnside St. Coming Soon!

Activists confront ODOT officials, demand end to tar sands megaload permits

Portland, OR, Friday December 20, 2013 — Climate justice activists entered the Oregon
Department of Transportation offices in downtown Portland to stop the movement of the tar sands
megaloads through Umatilla and Warm Springs tribal land in Eastern Oregon.

The group presented two letters to ODOT officials outlining their objections to the loads on moral and legal grounds –one by
Portland Rising Tide, the other by the Tribal Government of Umatilla (recently sent to Kitzhaber).

This is the seventh regional action in a little over two weeks against the megaloads. The actions started
December 1st, when two were arrested for successfully blocking the megaload from leaving the Port of
Umatilla. On Monday of this week, resistance continued when activists locked themselves to two
disabled vehicles in front of the 450 ton, 376 foot long megaload, blocking its route along highway 26
outside of John Day. Police arrested 16 activists that evening, violently extracting them from the
blockade and indiscriminately arresting everyone at the site. One minor was arrested and released, and
total bail was set at $150,000 for the other 15 arrestees.

On Tuesday, ODOT gave special permission for the megaloads to move during the daytime, outside the bounds

of their permits, waiving public safety concerns without public notice.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has been providing permits for the megaloads to travel
without permission or consultation from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla and Warm Springs First
Nations. In a recent letter to Governor Kitzhaber from the Umatilla Tribe’s Board of Trustees, Chair Gary
Burke challenged the megaload trespass, citing the absence of mandatory consultation with the tribes,
and the role of tar sands extraction in harming indigenous communities and fueling global climate change.
Government-to-government consultation of this kind was mandated by Governor Kitzhaber in Executive
Order 96-30 and has since become statute in ORS 182.162168.

At the 13th annualgovernment-to-government summit initiated by the order, Kitzhaber emphasized “This is far more than a
statutory obligation… for me, it is a deep personal obligation.”

After gathering in front of the building people entered and delivered the letter to ODOT staff. In their
letter to ODOT, Portland Rising Tide emphasized the actions of those arrested on Monday night,
“Monday people took this risk to do what you have refused to do: to stop the movement of materials
that damage the public good, destroy the global commons, and shred indigenous rights,” said Toby
Seldon of Portland Rising Tide.
“The fossil fuel industry is aggressively trying to transform the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel
corridor, with terminal proposals and now with the megaloads, and ODOT’s willingness to permit these
actions is outrageous — we will do everything we can to stop them. ” said David Osborn of Portland
Rising Tide.

Portland Rising Tide is an all-volunteer organization that collaborates with an alliance of groups
organizing to stop the megaloads. We have been accepting contributions to cover the legal expenses of
current and future resistance to the megaload shipments. Donations can be made

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$15,000 for Bail Bonds Raised for Those Arrested in December 16 Blockade — We Still Need your Support!

The public along with our friends and allies has rallied in solidarity with  those arrested in a second December blockade of a giant tar sands equipment shipment.

Rising Tide thanks all for your incredible support!

Despite the excessive $10,000 bail  for each of the 15 people arrested in Monday’s “megaload” action, your contributions and commitment also demonstrate robust public opposition to the Alberta tar sands extraction.  Together we will continue to oppose the corporations that profit from  environmental devastation and the US and Canadian governments that subsidize the fossil fuel industry.

The December 16 arrest and detainment in John Day, Oregon of sixteen people included individuals who were merely in proximity to the Omega Morgan megaload now making its way through Montana– only some of those arrested were actively protesting.  Others were observers and reporters who were standing nearby on the shoulder of the road, well within the law.

The action was the sixth in the region against the Oregon megaloads in two weeks. The actions started when two were arrested successfully preventing the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla on December 1st. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla was arrested December 2nd trying to block the megaload. Office occupations and disruptions have taken place at Omega Morgan’s offices in Fife, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as the General Electric subsidiary that designed the machinery moving towards the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta.

The people arrested Monday night blockading the tar sands megaload were arraigned Wednesday, December 18, in the Justice Court of Grant County. Fourteen were charged with five misdemeanors, one with six and the minor arrested in the action was released Monday. Each person has had bail set at $ 10,000 for a total of $150,000. The arrests stem from the two blockades that were set up Monday night using two disabled vehicles to stop the controversial, 450-ton, 376-foot long tar sands megaload transported by Omega Morgan, which was delayed for several hours.

Rising Tide has been planning further resistance all along the route and locally in Portland.  At the same time, members the Umatilla have been working within their community to galvanize resistance and take the lead in this struggle.  Nearly the entire Oregon leg of the proposed route cuts through the Umatilla tribe’s ancestral lands.

If you’d like to get involved in any way, whether locally or along the route, let us know by filling out  this form!

And with legal fees mounting, we still need your cash! Please share this link and donate if you can!  

This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet. The next few weeks will be a perfect time to expand all of our activist skill sets, and we look forward to collaborating with you.

In Solidarity,

Portland Rising Tide

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$ 150,000 in Bail Set for Those Arrested in December 16 Blockade – We Need your Support!

The people arrested Monday night blockading the tar sands megaload were arraigned Wednesday, December 18, in the Justice Court of Grant County. Fourteen were charged with five misdemeanors, one with six and the minor arrested in the action was released Monday. Each person has had bail set at $ 10,000 for a total of $ 150,000. The arrests stem from the two blockades that were set up Monday night using two disabled vehicles to stop the controversial, 450-ton, 376-foot long tar sands megaload transported by Omega Morgan, which was delayed for several hours.

The December 16 arrest and detainment in John Day, Oregon of sixteen people included individuals who were merely in proximity to the Omega Morgan megaload now making its way through Eastern Oregon– only some of those arrested were actively protesting.  Others were observers and reporters who were standing nearby on the shoulder of the road, well within the law.

The action Monday was the sixth regional action against the Oregon megaloads in two weeks. The actions started when two were arrested successfully preventing the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla on December 1st. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla was arrested December 2nd trying to block the megaload. Office occupations and disruptions have taken place at Omega Morgan’s offices in Fife, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as the General Electric subsidiary that designed the machinery moving towards the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta.

 We need legal funds to support these folks, and to continue our work to stop these shipments from reaching the tar sands!  Please share this link and donate if you can!

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16 arrested in Eastern Oregon roadblock of megaload; further resistance expected

The Oregonian– Richard Read, December 17, 2013 —

JOHN DAY, Ore. — Police arrested 16 protesters late Monday as activists locked themselves to disabled vehicles in front of a tar-sands megaload near John Day, delaying the shipment’s passage.

“Climate justice groups stopped the movement of a controversial shipment of equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands,” said a news release issued at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday by Portland Rising Tide, an activists’ network. “Police responded and arrested 16 at the two blockade sites, using ‘pain compliance’ to extract them.”

The blockade is the second pulled off by activists slowing the 901,000-pound rig as it heads for Alberta via Oregon and Idaho. The load was first blocked Dec. 1, when two men locked themselves to the truck and had to be extracted by police, which took so long the shipment canceled its nightly move…

The Associated Press — Jeff Barnard, December 17, 2013 —

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Protesters trying to slow a megaload of refinery equipment destined for the tar sands in Canada used people chained together in a disabled car and a trailer for roadblocks in Eastern Oregon, but authorities say the obstacles were cleared in about two hours.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says 16 people from Oregon, Washington, Alaska and California were arrested Monday night in John Day on charges of disorderly conduct.

Portland Rising Tide spokesman Stephen Quirke says the moving company should expect “further resistance all along the route” as public awareness grows about how burning tar sands for energy contributes to climate change.

From John Day the load is headed across southern Idaho, then north through Montana into Alberta.

CANYON CITY, Ore. — More than a dozen megaload protesters are in the Grant County Jail Tuesday in Canyon City in northeast Oregon.

A woman who works at the jail says they were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

The group says they locked themselves to two disabled vehicles in the path of the megaload.

The crews moving the 450-ton shipment had hoped to be near the Idaho border Wednesday. The equipment is headed for the Canadian tar sands oil development via Idaho and Montana.

The megaload travels at about 35 mph and is allowed to move only at night.

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Vancouver oil terminal comment period ends December 18th

The deadline for submitting comments on the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Oil Terminal is less than one week away. Please send comments to the EFSEC by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 18. Many of you attended the October 29th Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council Hearing, when the majority of the voices that packed the room spoke out powerfully against this oil terminal. As members of the climate concerned community, we must continue to voice our opposition to this oil export onslaught.

Send your written remarks by email to efsec@utc.wa.gov or by mail to Stephen Posner, Interim Manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, Washington 98504-3172

To assist you in your comment-writing we offer the resources below. Background assembled by Wild Idaho Rising Tide.

Photo by Steven Lane, The Columbian, December 10, 2013

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Standoff Between Climate Justice Activists and Cops in Lobby of Omega Morgan Building

Earth First Newswire — December 13, 2013 — Employees at the Omega Morgan corporation were surprised to find a boisterous crowd of climate justice activists in their Hillsboro office challenging their role in tar sands extraction.

The activists burst into a meeting with chants and banners, causing the meeting to disperse. One protestor then read a letter to employees of Omega Morgan demanding that they stop moving mega loads and cut ties to tar sands extraction.

An employee denied the activists’ demand to meet with the CEO, because they weren’t on the schedule, prompting Mike Gaskill with Portland Rising Tide to declare, “Omega Morgan moved mega loads through Umatilla land without asking, so we aren’t the only ones who show up without being on the schedule.”

Pictured:  18 cop cars parked outside of the office; 11 cops formed a line inside of the lobby to keep activists from leaving. Police insisted that the activists leave or be arrested,; one of the cops reportedly delivered a letter from Portland Rising Tide to the CEO of Omega Morgan.

Hillsboro police spokesman Michael Rouches said no one was cited or arrested.

“They were very peaceful,” Rouches said. “They were saying whatever they needed to say, and they split.”

This is one of several actions in the last 2 weeks, including an office occupation in Fife, WA, by Seattle Rising Tide in solidarity with protestors who stopped the Omega Morgan megaload from rolling out of the Port of Umatilla by locking down to the 380 foot long behemoth.

More Here:

AP Wire:  The Island Packet

Protesters target meeting at megaload company

The Associated Press — December 12, 2013– Portland, OR  —  Protesters in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro interrupted a meeting Thursday at the headquarters of a moving company transporting a truckload of oil refinery equipment to a tar sands project in Canada.

About 30 protesters walked through the company’s gates and into the meeting, where they blocked a projector screen, sang songs and left peacefully, protesters and police said.

Hillsboro police spokesman Michael Rouches said no one was cited or arrested.

“They were very peaceful,” Rouches said. “They were saying whatever they needed to say, and they split.”

The protesters from Portland Rising Tide object to Hillsboro, Ore.-based Omega Morgan’s involvement in hauling equipment for the tar sands project, which they say will irreversibly damage the environment, and what they see as capitulation by the government to a corporation without allowing for public input.

Calls to Omega Morgan were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Omega Morgan is operating a giant rig, 380 feet long and 22 feet wide, hauling a megaload of water purification equipment from the Port of Umatilla in Oregon, destined for Alberta, Canada.

Environmentalists have objected to the shipment, saying it adds to global warming.

The rig is allowed to travel only at night and must pull over at intervals to let traffic by. The convoy includes about 20 people. Winter weather has slowed its progress, as have other protests.

Umatilla tribal members say they weren’t adequately consulted by the government about the load’s trip through Eastern Oregon territory, where they have a treaty interest and concerns about potential damage.

Including transport vehicles, the shipment weighs about 900,000 pounds, or 450 tons. The equipment itself is a little more than a third of the weight, about 330,000 pounds.

It is scheduled to go through Idaho and Montana before it gets to Canada.

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Vancouver asks for thorough oil-terminal study

The Columbian — Aaron Corvin — December 10, 2013

Vancouver neighborhoods cut off from fire and police protection by increased train traffic. A highly volatile commodity traveling near homes. An industrial area prone to liquefying in an earthquake.

Those are among more than 100 areas of concern the city of Vancouver wants state regulators to include in their examination of the environmental impacts of a proposed oil-by-rail operation at the Port of Vancouver.

City officials on Monday presented to the City Council a draft 12-page document outlining Vancouver’s concerns about the 42-acre  operation proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to run a facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day for eventual conversion into transportation fuels. It would be the largest such operation in the Northwest.

The city will send its concerns to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, or EFSEC, as part of the council’s scoping process to decide what should be included in the environmental review of the project. The deadline for submitting remarks is Dec. 18.

Senior Planner Jon Wagner told city councilors that thousands of people have submitted comments to EFSEC. “I feel confident the project will be thoroughly reviewed,” he said.

Project opponents want the city to request a comprehensive environmental review and to oppose the project. They include Jim Eversaul, a Vancouver resident and retired U.S. Coast Guard chief engineer, who was among 11 people who spoke to city councilors last month. “It’s just not that many jobs for the price,” he said of the oil-handling facility.

The city’s concerns reflect many of those raised by opponents, including potential oil spills, detrimental impacts to the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan and climate change. But the city isn’t taking a position on the oil terminal, according to its scoping comments. Instead, the city “encourages EFSEC to require a full and comprehensive analysis of the probable, significant adverse environmental impacts of the entire project.”

In an email to The Columbian, Rebecca Boucher, a spokeswoman for Savage, said the company and Tesoro declined to comment for this story.

Photo by Steven Lane, The Columbian

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Megaload Planning and Action Meeting II

Thanks to all who attended the Megaload Action Briefing and Planning Meeting  on Thursday night!  We had an update from the actions in Umatilla over the past weekend when the first megaload left the Port of Umatilla on Sunday, December 1.   Special thanks to Cathy Sampson-Kruse, an Umatilla tribal elder, and  Kayla Godowa of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs for sharing their deep commitment to climate, sacred lands and our responsibility to our decedents for 7 generations.

We discussed the work of Portland Rising Tide, the tar sands, and the next two megaload shipments planned for December and January.  It is heartening for us to see such a tremendous response.

We have been offered a really nice space for a follow-up  Action and Planning Meeting on  Saturday, December 7. Please join us at:
Flux, 412 NW Couch St, at 4:45.
 
We’ll continue to discuss plans for next week, as well as establishing connections with each to carry this campaign forward. We are especially excited to see new faces! Invite your friends and join us!
This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet.
The next few weeks will be a perfect time to expand your activist skill set, and we look forward to seeing everyone there on Saturday, December 7.
Cheers,
Portland Rising Tide

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