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.