Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Long Rest Stop: Paperwork Halts Two Mega-Loads

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Southern Idaho now has two mega-loads parked alongside the region's roadways—and neither is moving, no matter what the weather forecast says.

The first 900,000-pound mega-load, which spent the final weeks of 2013 crawling through the state, is still parked along Highway 93, just south of the Idaho-Montana border. It turns out that Montana's transportation department hasn't finished its paperwork that would permit the oversized shipment to travel through its state before heading north to the tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada.

But that didn't stop the Idaho Transportation Department from issuing a permit for a second mega-load to enter the Gem State. The second shipment, weighing nearly 800,000-pounds, crossed the Oregon-Idaho border Jan. 5 and its currently parked at the top of Cat Creek Summit west of Fairfield on U.S. Highway 20. A third mega-load is scheduled to depart any day now from the Port of Umatilla, beginning its journey through Eastern Oregon before following its two predecessors.

Meanwhile, environmental activists say they're prepared to continue expressing their displeasure as the mega-loads roll through their communities. This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that protesters are planning to meet the latest shipment as it moves through southern Blaine County, presumably sometime later this week.

“It will be very peaceful—just whatever community members come out,” said Helen Yost, from Wild Idaho Rising Tide, who protested when the first mega-load rolled through on Dec. 31.

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