MDT to Issue Permits for 300 Tar Sands Megaloads

Please take the time to submit a public comment to the Montana Department of Transportation urging them to deny Imperial Oil/Exxon permits to ship hundreds of tar sands megaloads on our public interstates.

You can submit your comment here.

[by Kim Briggemean for The Missoulian]

The Montana Department of Transportation said Friday morning it’s preparing to issue permits for approximately 300 oversize loads on Interstate 90 and Interstate 15 to Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Ltd.

It’s also soliciting written and online comments on the project, which is slated to start next week and continue through March. The prime transporter is Mammoet USA South Inc.

The loads, destined for the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, will reach Montana at Lookout Pass on I-90, access I-15 north at Butte, and exit the state at the Port of Sweet Grass in Toole County.

It’s the same route many Imperial/Mammoet loads have already taken, including those from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho, that have been reduced in profile to fit under interstate bridges after legal action blocked their route on Highway 12 over Lolo Pass.

MDT said one lane of travel will remain open, though “travelers may occasionally experience short delays during the transport of these oversize loads.”

The transportation for the project is available on the MDT website,

For more information, contact Duane Williams, MDT Motor Carrier Services Division Administrator at (406) 444-7312. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444-7696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711.

Written comments may be submitted to the Montana Department of Transportation Helena MCS office at PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620-1001, or online at Please note comments are for the “Mammoet Interstate Transportation Permits.” Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided upon request.

Read more:

    • SeenClearly
    • November 11th, 2011

    Be sure and note in the subject line that your comments are for “Mammoet Interstate Transportation Permits”.
    ** Here are some important points to include in your comments:
    — MDT should NOT issue any permits to Imperial BEFORE the project has gone through the Montana Environmental Policy Act process.
    — Montana public participation laws require sufficient time for the public to comment on any agency decision. Imperial’s proposed new route is no exception. Approving permits before or during the public comment period is unacceptable.
    — MDT needs to thoroughly evaluate direct environmental and economic impacts associated with the new transportation route The only purpose of the transportation project is to facilitate movement of tar sands mining equipment. MDT needs to evaluate the impacts of tar sands mining on climate change in their environmental analysis.

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