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Support against the Mega Loads shipments is building as the October 1st Idaho Supreme court hearing approaches. As the September 15th Lewiston Tribune article reported, Both supervisors of the Lolo and Clearwater National forests wrote letters of concern to the Idaho and Montana departents of transportation. Rick Brazell (Clearwater Supervisor) wrote, “Authorizing hundreds of oversized loads, now or in the future, jeopardizes the experience the traveling and recreating public will have along US Highway 12 through the introduction of overtly industrial elements into the otherwise pastoral environment.”

 

On Tuesday August 24th District Judge John Bradbury revoked permits for Conoco- Phillips which was planning on sending the giant refinery equipment up the narrow, wild and scenic byway of route 12. He called the issuing of the permits by the ITD as “arbitrary, capricious” and an abuse of discretion. At this stage it goes back to the ITD for revisions. This may mean that they will fudge the numbers and make it look good on paper by following the law and asserting that the trucks are capable of pulling over every 10 minutes to let traffic by. But the fact is that they cannot possibly comply with this part of Idaho law. The Idaho deputy attorney general will review the ruling and brief the ITD.

Catch the full story in the Lewiston Tribune. Go to www.lmtribune.com and look at the Headline for August 25th.

Mountaintop Removal Campaign

There will be a presentation by West Virginia activists involved in the Mountaintop Removal campaign that is resisting the destruction of the Appalachian mountains. This is a crosscountry slide show tour that will come to Moscow Idaho on August 25 at 7:30 pm at the 1912 Center.

Shipments supporting the most environmentally destructive project on the planet will traverse wild and scenic highway 12 from Lewiston through Missoula and to northeastern Alberta. The area of destruction is already the size of Florida. Located north of Edmonton, a mix of multinational companies are destroying pristine boreal forests and watersheds. The Lubicon Cree have been sick and dying of rare diseases since the destruction began.

Imperial Oil (Exxon/Mobil) believes that this will be the cheapest route to deliver this gigantic equipment. Some of us will challenge that notion.

The US Forest Service has reversed its previous decision to allow power and phone lies to be buried. So this means that over 400 rural residents along route 12 will be without power or a phone line while these shipments are coming through. Each shipment be 170 to 210 feet in length and will take up both lanes of traffic. They will weigh over 500,000 pounds and there is no guarantee that the extensive highway pullouts will be able to support that weight.

In an article printed in the Lewiston Tribune on August 4, 2010, US Representative Walt Minnick called on Idaho Governor Butch Otter to delay any decision to allow these shipments until public hearings could be held.