Archive for April 26th, 2010

by jhwygirl

A Tar Sands Shipments Open House will be held Tuesday, April 27th, 6:30-7:30pm at the University of Montana Campus in the Third Floor of the UC, Room 330/331.

It is sponsored by Northern Rockies Rising Tide, UM Climate Action Now, and the entire No Shipments Network. It’s purpose is to look at the local, regional, and international impacts of the Mammoet Shipments of equipment and the Alberta Tar Sands.

The timing is appropriate – MDOT’s public meeting to present the (so-called) preferred alternative is Thursday, April 29th, with an Open House at 6:00 p.m. and a Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Meadow Hill Middle School, Old Gymnasium, 4210 Reserve Street, Missoula, MT

NRRT, UM CAN and NSS included a summary with their email:

The Alberta Tar Sands have been called out in the international community as the worst industrial project on the face of the planet. Currently Exxon Mobil is planning to invest 26.1 million dollars to open up a new northwest corridor to ship Tar Sands mining equipment from South Korea to Alberta. The proposed route begins in international waters, comes up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to the Port of Lewiston, and from there moves along the Lochsa river, up over Lolo pass, through Missoula and up the Blackfoot River to the Port of Sweetgrass. The trucks carrying the equipment are, at their largest, 24 feet wide, 30 feet tall, and 262 feet long; the size of a three story building with the length of almost a football field.

The Environmental Assessment as required by Montana Department of Transportation regulations has just come out but does not adequately address the impacts these shipments will have on local communities, emergency vehicle passage, or environmental damage from road construction. Most importantly, the assessment does not even mention the impacts Tar Sands mining has on Climate Change even though Montana stands to be greatly affected by the continued use of such fuels.

As well, the scope of the Assessment is drastically limited and does not take into account the entire route through which these shipments will pass. By only completing the Montana Environmental Assessment Exxon Mobil is circumventing any federal process that would require them to look at the shipment route as a whole. We need to press the Montana DOT to submit to a federal Environmental Impact Statement to take into full account all the damages that Tar Sands mining generates.




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