Groups Protest Proposed Coal Shipments Through Idaho Panhandle

Boise Weekly, November 21, 2012
By Zach Hagadone

‘When we start putting jobs and the economy ahead of the environment and our children, we’re fools’

A plan by some of the globe’s biggest mining companies to ship hundreds of millions of tons of coal by rail through Idaho’s panhandle is still in its infancy, but that’s not stopping activists from raising a ruckus.

Protester: “It’s never wise to trade your children’s futures and environment for jobs.”
Photo credit: Zach Hagadone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Moscow-based Wild Idaho Rising Tide joined Occupy Spokane Nov. 17 to take their opposition to the Idaho panhandle town of Sandpoint, where many of the shipments would roll through on a journey from Montana to the Pacific Coast. The coal would ultimately be loaded onto ships bound for China or India.

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