While motorists are being cautioned of yet another mega-load crawling across an Idaho highway, activists say they're prepared to protest and "monitor" the oversized shipment as it rolls on U.S. Highway 95 from Lewiston to Coeur d'Alene, then east to Montana before heading north to the Tars Sands oil project in Alberta, Canada.
The Idaho Transportation Department announced Nov. 8 that it had granted a permit to Omega Morgan to pull the load up U.S. 95. The shipment is 16-feet wide, nearly 16-feet tall, 297-feet long and weighs 644,000 pounds. The mega-load is actually longer than similar shipments, which were 255-feet long, met by protests when they rolled across U.S. Highway 12 earlier this year.
The latest mega-load, along with pilot cars, flaggers and law enforcement, will travel from 10 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11.
"The time is ripe to prepare and successively stage non-violent direct actions," read a statement sent out this morning from Wild Idaho Rising Tide, a Moscow-based activist group that has regularly protested the mega-loads. Previous protests have resulted in 13 arrests and/or citations.
WIRT activists said they'll be protesting near Moscow City Hall Sunday night to "document safety and traffic violations" with still and video cameras.