Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Columbia River Getting Ready to Shut Down for 14 Weeks

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

What's huge ... moves on the water ... but can't move on land? Oh, come on. You know this one. Citydesk will give you a hint: they're Korean. Right! Mega-loads!

ExxonMobil has continued shipping T-Rex-sized oil equipment across the Pacific and up the Columbia River to the Port of Lewiston, in spite of the fact that they can't even have a discussion yet about moving them across land. The ExxonMobil loads are piling up in Lewiston because no decision has been made yet on their Japanese cousins, four loads of equipment belonging to ConocoPhillips (those were built in Japan).

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But now, it looks like the water route is about to shut down for the winter. In just a few days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is shutting down the shipping lanes on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Corps will be replacing navigation lock gates on three of the dams, and that's expected to take at least 14 weeks.

By the way, if you think the oil equipment is huge. Take a look at a section of the new John Day Dam making its way up the river. It's 30-feet tall, 98-feet wide and 225 tons.

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  • Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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