Second Megaload held up; Exxon buys Idaho Police
First, the second Conoco/Phillips megaload is on the road, but held up due to weather. The load has yet to wind it’s ways past the turns that gave the first load such a hard time, causing a 59 minute delay at one point.
Also, it seems as though Exxon has purchased the use of Idaho State Police to protect the loads they plan to have on the road in the near future. Exxon has bought the Idaho Police department for a cost of $41,000. Although we agree that Exxon should put up the funds for this, if it needs to be done, we think that a private company purchasing public employees should be treated as a matter necessitating some kind of public input. Use of Idaho State Police as a private security agency with the power to arrest and jail those who oppose the shipments is unfounded. Already, public monitors legally engaged in simply making sure that the megaloads keep to the requirements set forth in the ITD permit have been harassed and threatened with arrest.