Sunday, April 24, 2011

Exxon Mega-Load Hearing Set to Begin Monday Morning

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

While ExxonMobil hopes to once again move its test mega-load across north central Idaho on U.S. Highway 12 Monday night, it has a bigger challenge in Boise Monday morning: convincing a hearing officer that it can safely roll more than 100 of the massive shipments along the same route.

ExxonMobil Mega-Load Outside of Kamiah
  • ExxonMobil Mega-Load Outside of Kamiah
The test load has been parked outside of Kamiah, Idaho, for more than a week. Exxon had intended to prove that it could efficiently and safely move a giant load from the the Port of Lewiston to the Montana border, but things did not go as planned on the first leg of its trek. The mega-load snapped tree limbs and a power line, knocking out electricity to 17,000 Idahoans living in the region. Exxon and its transporter, Mammoet, have been working on a new transportation plan before proceeding.

Meanwhile, retired District Judge Duff McKee will gavel in a hearing for the Idaho Transportation Department to consider the permitting process for scores of mega-loads that Exxon wants to move from Lewiston, across Idaho, into Montana, and on to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

"This hearing will be unlike the hearing related to the ConocoPhillips mega-loads," Borg Hendrickson told Citydesk. Hendrickson and her husband live along U.S. 12 and are contesting Exxon's request. The Conoco hearing lasted two days. The Exxon hearings is set for at least a week.

"We'll have plenty of time for multiple witnesses, Including experts on the economic effects of turning the U.S. 12 corridor into an industrial mega-load truck route," said Hendrickson.

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