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Speak Up for Northwest Salmon; Stop Exxon's Tar Sands Shipping Route

The wild salmon that rely on the Northwest's Columbia and Snake Rivers to make their epic migration each year already face extreme challenges. From warmer waters due to global warming, to dams and development; these iconic fish have seen increasing threats to their populations and habitat for decades
But chances are, you probably haven't heard about the newest threat facing endangered Northwest salmon -- and Big Oil would like to keep it that way.

Don't let Big Oil jeopardize Northwest salmon -- take action today. Exxon's plan is to barge over 200 loads of massive mining equipment up the Columbia and Snake rivers, and then transport it on super-sized trucks through Idaho and Montana to the dirty tar sands oil operations in Alberta, Canada. Make a difference for Northwest salmon

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And so far, these plans have quietly moved forward with little environmental review or public input.

Please, Speak Out! Tell your federal policy makers to consider the impacts this proposed project could have on the Northwest's salmon.

The route in Idaho and Montana -- mainly on narrow mountain and valley roads -- includes the Lewis & Clark Trail, a National Scenic By-way, a Wild & Scenic River corridor, and the famed Blackfoot River of "A River Runs Through It." Construction and potential accidents will inevitably impact these special places and the fish and wildlife that depend on them.

According to recently released documents, if this project is approved, other Big Oil companies are planning to immediately use this route to transport their tar sands machinery to Canada. If it's not stopped, Big Oil will have a new permanent industrial shipping route through the Pacific Northwest to the environmental disaster that is the Alberta tar sands.

Speak up for Northwest salmon -- send a message to your federal policy makers today.

Besides the impacts to the states along this route, these shipments will speed up Canadian dirty tar sands oil production -- one of the most destructive and polluting industrial projects on earth.

It's critical that we shine the light on this destructive project and insist upon full assessment of its potential impacts to the Northwest's fish and wildlife.

Thanks so much for speaking up for wildlife!

NWF Action Fund
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