Archive for January, 2011

Idaho Rally a giant rainy success

About 100 people showed up in the rain this last Saturday to protest the first megaload shipments to be dragged over Highway 12.

Pics of the rally below.

 

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Conoco loads will leave Feb 1st (!!!)

Terribly sorry for any confusion that former post caused. We received an updated date just after the post was published, but it has taken us a few days to take it down. The first two of four Conoco/Phillips loads will begin to move on February 1st, according to Brian Ness of the Idaho Transportation Department. Officials at the Montana Department of Transportation will issue permits as soon as Idaho does. At least that’s what they say.

Forrest Service throws in their own mega-load concerns

Leslie Weldon, an official of the Unites States Forest Service, has stated that the proposed mega-load shipment route could “harm the agency’s ability to preserve cultural and historical values associated with the corridor,” reports the Great Falls Tribune.

We take the statement of the Forest Service as a boon to opponents of the mega-load issue, especially because it looks like at least the first two Conoco/Phillips loads may begin to roll early this coming week. When that happens, all hands on deck. Once the trucks begin to move it will take them four days to trek along Highway 12 and reach Lolo Pass. From there they will overnight on the pass, in Lolo, and then in Bonner. Public resistance to these first shipments will sends a message to Exxon and other companies that Idaho and Montana will not be easily thrown under the wheels. The hold up of Conoco/Phillips was just the beginning. This fight will continue.