Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mega-Load Court Battle Delayed One Week, Shipments To Halt Until After Hearing

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Mega-load opponents were prepared to argue in a Boise federal courtroom today that the U.S. Forest Service should prohibit the oversized shipments from rolling across the Wild and Scenic River Corridor in north central Idaho, but the hearing has been pushed back a week.

Resources Conservation Company International, a subsidiary of General Electric, owners of the most recent mega-loads—giant evaporators destined for the Tar Sands Oil Fields of Alberta, Canada—have entered the court battle, filing as a petitioner. That caused a federal judge to push back the hearing to Tuesday, Sept. 3. That's when Idaho Rivers United and representatives of the Nez Perce Tribe will argue that the mega-loads have no business traveling through the corridor on their way to Montana before heading north to Canada.

In the meantime, G.E. Water and Process Technologies has agreed that "no shipments will proceed over U.S. Highway 12 before September 18."

G.E. insists that they could "suffer $3.6 million in damages" if it doesn't deliver the water evaportors as contracted and on time to Alberta.

"Any further delay would result in substantial financial hardship," wrote the company in its motion to intervene.

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