Monday, May 2, 2011

Two Mega-Loads, One Highway

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

A second week of testimony has begun surrounding ExxonMobil's plans to haul 200 mega-loads across Idaho on U.S. Highway 12. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips successfully moved its own mega-load over the weekend from the Port of Lewiston to a spot just outside of Kooskia.
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Conoco Is more than halfway through its entire project, moving four giant loads over to its Billings, Mont., facility. Two mega-loads have already arrived at the destination, and the third and fourth loads are expected to clear Idaho by the end of May.

But Exxon's proposal continues to come under scrutiny at a contested case hearing being held at the Idaho Transportation Department headquarters in Boise. Exxon hasn't had as much success as Conoco, with its first test load snapping tree limbs and power lines. Exxon hopes to move its equipment along U.S. 12 in north central Idaho, over to Montana and up to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada. Here's a look at the test load, parked outside of Kamiah. It's three stories tall, 24 feet wide and almost 250 feet long. All in, it's 490,000 pounds.

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