Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pro Mega-load Group Unveils Poll of Support

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Saying a "solid majority" of Idahoans support massive oil equipment rolling across U.S. Highway 12, a coalition of business owners and governmental agencies took their pro mega-load initiative to the statehouse today. Sixty-seven percent of people living near Highway 12, as determine by a poll conducted by the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, said oversize loads should be allowed to travel across North-central Idaho between midnight and 6 a.m.

“There is a lot of support for this particular operation to occur," said Alex LaBeau, president of IACI. "These are American companies working with international partners that are eventually going to result in more American energy independence.”

Lobbyist Ken Burgess and Alex LaBeau of IACI unveil poll from Drive Our Economy coaltion
  • Lobbyist Ken Burgess and Alex LaBeau of IACI unveil poll from Drive Our Economy coaltion

LaBeau said IACI was a partner with the Drive Our Economy coalition, which also boasted 40 other members, including Food Producers of Idaho, Idaho Mining Association and Idaho Grain Producers Association.
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LaBeau unveiled the poll at a mid-morning news conference at the Capitol, one week before four ConocoPhillips mega-loads are expected to move from the Port of Lewiston, across Idaho and on to Conoco's Billings, Mont., refinery.

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