Friday, October 25, 2013

RCCI Withdrawals Mega-Load Appeal

 On Thursday, October 24th Resources Conservation Company International (RCCI) withdrew both its emergency motion for a stay pending appeal and its full appeal on behalf of General Electric!
Judge Winmill's ruling that the Forest Service must issue a Closure Order to all Omega Morgan mega-load shipments until the agency has conducted a review of impacts to the area and consulted with the Nez Perce Tribe now stands unchallenged!
Two years ago, ExxonMobil's attempt to transport mega-loads on Highway 12 failed in the face of fierce opposition, and now GE has folded.

The message is clear – US Highway 12 is not open to mega-loads.
  A huge thank you Idaho Rivers United, the Nez Perce Tribe and Advocates for the West; as well as to all the many brave citizens who live, work and recreate along the Clearwater-Lochsa and let their voices be heard!
Here's another opportunity to speak out in favor of protecting the beautiful Wild and Scenic Lochsa River.  
In 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into law, he said:

"In the past 50 years, we have learned -- all too slowly, I think -- to prize and protect ... precious gifts.
  Because we have, our own children and grandchildren will come to know and come to love the great forests and the wild rivers that we have protected and left to them. ... An unspoiled river is a very rare thing in this Nation today. Their flow and vitality have been harnessed by dams and too often they have been turned into open sewers by communities and by industries. It makes us all very fearful that all rivers will go this way unless somebody acts now to try to balance our river development."
Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the Wild and Scenic Lochsa-Clearwater from industrialization by multinational tar sands corporations!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Motions for Reconsideration Denied

Judge Winmill has denied GE subsidiary RCCI & USFS motions for reconsideration.

This means that the order for the USFS closure of U.S. to Omega Morgan megaloads HOLDS.  Judge Winmill's ruling is a win for the Nez Perce Tribe & Idaho Rivers United as well as the rest of us. 

Read the story, Judge again says no to megaloads on Highway 12, in the Missoulian

Thanks and congratulations to the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United and legal team at Advocates for the West.  Thanks also to Friends of the Clearwater, side-by-side steadfast anti-megaload fighters for the past 4 years, as well as all of you who have done what you can to protect the Wild and Scenic Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers.