Friday, October 25, 2013

Mega-Load Company Stands Down in Legal Challenge to Injunction

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

A subsidiary of General Electric has back off from its legal challenge to a federal injunction which is keeping it form hauling mega-loads across U.S. Highway 12 in North Central Idaho—at least until the U.S. Forest Service can complete an formal assessment of the oversized shipments' impact on the Wild and Scenic River Corridor.

Resources Conservation Company International, which intends on pulling the mega-loads up to the Tar Sands Oil Fields in Alberta, Canada, said Oct. 24 that it would voluntarily drop its emergency motion to stay the injunction and its appeal.

“Industrialization of one of America’s first Wild and Scenic river canyons is not acceptable, and the courts have agreed with us,” said Idaho Rivers United Conservation Director Kevin Lewis. “We look forward to working with the Forest Service to establish permanent rules that protect this wild and magnificent place.”

Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe successfully argued that the mega-loads were what they called "the threat of industrialization of this amazing place." Their lawsuit sought to protect the Lochsa and Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers and Nez Perce homeland from the transport of of the mega-loads.

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