Book outlines citizens' battle against megaloads


MISSOULA, Mont. - Idaho author Steve Bunk spoke in Missoula Tuesday night about his new book that outlines how concerned citizens brought megaloads to a standstill on Highway 12. It details the citizens' battle that forced big oil companies to find another route for a huge loads of equipment in the summer of 2013.

Bunk told NBC Montana the book is meant " show how people, if they're properly led and inspired, and if they're relentless and informed, can still effect change using the tools of participatory democracy, even against odds that seem insurmountable."

Attorney Bob Gentry represented the citizens' effort and says, "It was an extraordinary privilege and honor for me to represent the groups that I did, and also to work with all the really good people that I worked with in this project."

Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil is said to be inspiring a grassroots movement against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The following is a press release sent to NBC Montana:

Idaho author Steve Bunk and two principals of the Montana resistance to the megaloads will speak Tuesday, April 22 at Fact & Fiction, where Bunk will sign his new book, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil (New West Books, 2014). The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will be at the bookstore's downtown location, 220 N Higgins Ave. Bunk, who covered the story as it unfolded for the Missoula-based online journal New West, and whose book has been warmly received by prominent conservationists, will be joined by attorney Robert Gentry and conservationist Zack Porter, both of whom played important roles in Montanans' resistance to efforts by oil companies to transform Highway 12's federally protected Highway 12 Wild and Scenic River corridor into a high-and-wide industrial thoroughfare. The battle, which raged in meeting halls, on the streets, in the media, and the courts from spring 2010 through summer 2013, forced Big Oil to find another route for giant infrastructural equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands. The people's victory became an inspiration for the current national grassroots movement against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands through six states to the Gulf of Mexico for refining. Goliath Staggered, distributed by New West Books, Baker & Taylor, and Partners East, is available in paperback from Fact & Fiction and from the major online outlets. Steve Bunk will be in Missoula on April 21-22, and can be contacted for interviews at