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.