Thursday, January 23, 2014

Now, It's Montana's Turn to Protest Mega-Loads

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Things are not going without a hitch as the first of three mega-loads crawls across Montana on its way to the tar sands oil project in Alberta Canada. The oversized shipment has already spent the better part of two months traveling through Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho.

On Jan. 21, BW told you that the mega-load had become stuck in the ice and snow near Lost Trail Pass near the Idaho-Montana border and more than 1,000 gallons of de-icing fluid was needed to get the tires rolling again.

And now, this morning's Missoulian reports that a 71-year-old woman was hauled off to jail after she sat down in the middle of a Missoula, Mont., street, refusing to move, and temporarily blocking the mega-load. She was charged with disorderly conduct. The Missoulian reports that the woman was part of a group of protesters who were showing their displeasure over the behemoth equipment rolling through their town.

Meanwhile, a second mega-load that has spent the past few weeks in Idaho appears to be ready to move into Montana's upper Bitteroot Valley

When the mega-loads hit Bonner, Mont., the equipment will be placed on shorter, taller trailers to meet the requirements of Canadian highways.

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