ITD allows ConocoPhilips to turn Highway 12 into an even more private corridor

“…Emmert is authorized to barricade the approved turnouts for exclusive use for the wide loads up to 24 hours in advance for each move.”

The above statement was drawn from the permit given to Ememert International by the Idaho Transportation Department. As well, the permit gave the company permission to travel 7 days a week, as opposed to the five day travel schedule promised to Idaho and Montana residents. This means that the ITD has authorized the company to turn a beautiful, scenic, and public, highway into a private drive for the sole use of the mega-load companies.

As our friends at Fighting Goliath put it, “With 274 loads now planned for 2011, we can likely look forward to a majority of large turnouts along the Clearwater, Middlefork and Lochsa Rivers barricaded from public use 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.”

It sounds like the Idaho Transportation Department is getting their priorities clearly in order. Corporations first, state citizens second. “Hunters, fishers, kayakers, rafters, hikers, campers and all other recreationists can go somewhere else. Rest stops, emergency stops, and access to the Clearwater National Forest, the Clearwater River and its tributaries, the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trails are not as important to Idaho’s state government as is accommodating giant corporations.”

Now would be a good time to let our federal officials know that we do not condone giving over the use of our public highways to pushy oil corporations.

Northern Region Forest Service
Federal Building
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, Montana
59807-7669

INFO: (406) 329-3511

CLEARWATER NATIONAL FOREST RICK BRAZELL- FOREST SUPERVISOR

12730 Highway 12,
Orofino, ID 83544

Phone (208) 476-4541
Fax (208) 476-8329
TDD Hearing Impaired (208) 476-0129

DOT FHWA National Scenic Byways Program
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
HEPH-30
Washington, DC 20590

1-800-4BYWAYS (1-800-429-9297)
1-202-366-1586

Program Director: nsb-director@byways.org

Wild & Scenic Rivers Act or the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System.
Dan Haas
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
64 Maple Street
Burbank, Washington 99323
Telephone: (509) 546-8333
Email: daniel_haas@fws.gov

Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

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    • Nathan
    • December 7th, 2010

    Thanks for the update. I will definitely do my part to help!

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