Thursday, October 28, 2010

Award-Winning Journalist Speaks up for Highway 12

NAOMI KLEIN, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, speaks out against the use of Highway 12 by mega-loads shipments.

Other Highway News:
- As of yesterday, there was snow on Lolo Pass.
- As of Sunday both lanes in the Mile 136 diesel spill area were open to traffic.
- As of Tuesday a second ConocoPhillips drum had been set up on stands
(trailer removed) in a lot adjacent to the Port of Lewiston, while the other two
drums remained on trailers at the back of the port lot.
- A Journal of Commerce Oct. 27th report indicates that more Imperial Oil modules
will arrive at the port this week.
- No response to date from ITD regarding the request for a contested case hearing
prior to permitting of the Imperial Oil shipments


  1. Maybe a compromise can be reached.
    Allow the oil company to do their 1-time shipment, and they agree to repair any & all damages, plus never sell their evil Canadian oil into the area for 20 years. Middle Eastern, Venezuelan, and Russian imports should cover any needs by the residents. Plus, the resulting higher fuel prices will dissuade tourists and other businesses from violating the pristine wilderness area.

  2. 207 Imperial Oil loads is not a 1-time shipment, and with ConocoPhillips and Korean-state-owned Harvest Energy already lined up to use the same route, the current total megaload count for 2010-'11 now stands at 271 shipments within the span of a year. By spring, hundreds more could be lined up and will likely also include some Chinese oil sands company shipments. The Korean and Chinese companies who now own (and those yet to own) oil sands plants will ship their product west to Vancouver BC and across the Pacific to Korea and China.

    The use of the U.S.12 route as a cheap conduit for the oil sands shipments enables the manufacturing jobs for all of the oil sands companies to remain in South Korea, the steel production used in manufacturing to remain in Japan, and the transporting of the equipment to remain with Dutch and Asian shippers. And the Korean and Chinese state-owned oil sands companies are further enabled to ship oil to their own countries and make huge profits by selling fuel to the Korean and Chinese people.

    And while they are doing that, they will threaten the livelihoods of almost 5000 people who work in north central Idaho's single growing industry -- tourism. As Big Oil turns the beautiful U.S.12 corridor into an industrial megaload truck route, we will also -- just as in the Gulf right now -- lose our lifestyles and the pristine place that in so many ways identifies who we are. We have far far too much at risk for compromise. NO compromise.