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.

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  1. Just one small clarification: The ID Supreme Court case involves the 4 Conoco Phillips’ shipments which have been sitting at the Port of Lewiston since May, not the Imperial Oil shipments. However, should the Supreme Court side with the plaintiffs, then ITD would likely be compelled to apply the 10-minute-delay regulation (rather than their earlier-used informal 15-minute rule) to the Imperial Oil shipments (as well as other regulatory stipulations involved in the plaintiffs’ lawsuit).

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