Thursday, April 21, 2011

Power Company Will Disrupt Service for Future Mega-Loads

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

A full year after the issue of mega-loads rolling across Idaho erupted, the mayor of Lewiston has finally weighed in on the controversial issue. He's in favor of them.

The Lewiston Tribune reports today that Kevin Poole told the Idaho Transportation Board that U.S. Highway 12, which runs through his city and across north central Idaho, faces "bigger environmental hazards" from vehicles other than the giant rigs. Poole said bringing the mega-loads through the Port of Lewiston created 250 new jobs at the port "that never existed until now."

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Meanwhile, Exxon/Mobil's "test" mega-load rolled again overnight. Meanwhile, ExxonMobil's "test" mega-load remains delayed until next week to continue an examination of power line clearance along U.S. 12. The 508,000-pound shipment has been parked just outside of Kamiah since last week when, during the first-leg of its journey, the rig snapped tree limbs and a power line, knocking out service to 17,000 Idahoans. Avista, the power utility serving the region, announced that when and if future mega-loads roll across U.S. 12, the company will shut down electricity for 10- to 15-minute intervals at three separate locations while the giant shipment travels under the lines.

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