Imperial Oil plans to cut the size of the megaloads

Imperial Oil announced its intentions of cutting down the size of 33 of its megaloads now awaiting permits at the Port of Lewiston as well as others still sitting at the Port of Vancouver. A natural question seems to be forthcoming. Why wasn’t cutting the size of the loads included as a possible alternative earlier? In the environmental assessment Imperial filed with the DOT in Montana last spring in stated quite clearly that there was no alternative to shipping giant pieces of mining equipment down highway 12 over and over again. The discrepancy is intriguing. But cutting down the size of the load and moving them down highways has the potential to raise another interesting question; are we opposed to just the size of the shipments, or where they are going and what they will be used for? Namely, they destruction of a boreal forest the size of Florida,  the poisoning of a hugely important North American waterway and the slow but effective eradication of Canada’s First Nation’s people.


    • Claudette Ross
    • February 16th, 2011

    I think that if the Big Rigs were hauling baby food, it’s still a dangerous, expensive and exploitive venture. Weights approximately 10 times recommended HAS to do major damage to decades-old roads and bridges. And the width is very real problem; in addition to damage, there is the issue of emergency traffic. ( I think WA did a report on exponential damage of excess weights to infrastructure some time in the recent past-did I see this on the Fighting Goliath website?)

    Also at issue is the speed in which Exxon got permission to ship in WA. Was this negotiated earlier, in secret, in case it was needed, or was permission given by WA DOT is a rush? Both scenarios allowed no public input, and were there any environmental assessments done? In the latter case, there was no time for this.

    I would hope MDT is outraged that they were lied to so blatently, and worse, that Exxon evidently wasn’t concerned about the consequences of their deception being discovered. My hope is that they are exploring legal recourse, as their decision was based on information given them by Exxon.

    • jack mekoff
    • February 17th, 2011

    what a load of mega crap
    its a story that there trucking shipments are going to be smaller?
    you reach for anything to stry and support your stupid points

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