Archive for October, 2010

Highway 12 debate hits the national headlines

In the past couple of days the debate over whether to turn scenic Highway 12 into an industrial shipping corridor has received quite a bit of public attention from around the country. Links below.

New York Times

Wall St. Journal

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First Imperial Oil loads to arrive in Lewiston Thursday!

The first of the Imperial Oil boatload is destined to arrive at the Port of Lewiston tomorrow. This load will contain the first eight modules to be transported by Imperial Oil to the Alberta Tar Sands. This, all before the Idaho Supreme court has had a chance to make a ruling on the Conoco/Phillips shipments, a ruling that will certainly impact future oil companies’, including Imperial’s, chance to drive the Highway 12 gauntlet.

The shipment was brought up the river from the Port of Vancouver, WA. a two and a half day trip. The modules will be off-loaded under the watchful eyes of a hired security squad who will erect a perimeter around the port to keep out pesky Idaho residents and other interested parties.

If the trucks are going to move, however, is still dependent on the ruling from the Idaho courts.

Yet even more company interest for HWY 12

So, there is yet another company, Harvest Operations Corp, a fully owned subsidiary of Korea National Oil Corp, interested in the already contentious Highway 12/200 route to the Alberta Tar Sands. The company submitted its application sometime after September 15th, making it the third interested party. This piece of information was gleaned from an internal Idaho Department of Transportation memo released after a FOIA request made by Advocates for the West.

If we allow ourselves to reflect upon this a little, and dredge up some recent history, we’ll remember this was the exact fear brought to the MDT and IDT by member of the public. The fear being that Highway 12 would be turned into a permanent “High and Wide” corridor specifically to be used by those seeking to appropriate Canadian oil from indigenous lands.

Articles concerning the memo can be found here.

And another piece of recent news is that the first KMTP shipments have already made their appearance at the Port of Vancouver, WA. So, before the Idaho Supreme Court has even made it’s decision on the shipments the company hasn’t even hedged its bets, it simply assumes success. We wish this was not a commonplace practice in this type of scenario. Sadly, it is.