Megaloads

Megaloads
8:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

North Idaho Homeowners Uneasy About Lakeside ‘Megaload’ Route

The proposed route would take three megaloads on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, known for its lakeside homes and popular recreations areas.
Jessica Robinson

The huge piece of oil equipment winding its way through eastern Oregon is expected to cross over into Idaho early Saturday.

Meanwhile, another so-called “megaload” project has emerged farther north. And the proposed extra-heavy haul is making some homeowners nervous in a north Idaho resort town.

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9:22 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.
Anna King

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. Protesters tried to stop the shipment by getting in the way, but the so-called megaload rumbled forward on its journey through Oregon and Idaho.

About two dozen protesters held signs and blew horns while police kept them away from the truck and trailer. The megaload takes up two lanes and stretches 380 feet. 

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5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Limited Alternative Routes for General Electric’s ‘Megaloads’

A subsidiary of General Electric says it’s looking for alternative options for moving huge water purification equipment from the Northwest to Alberta, Canada. A route through the middle of Idaho turned into a legal battle with the Nez Perce Tribe, and the alternatives are limited.

Resources Conservation Company International, the GE subsidiary, decided to withdraw a federal appeal that sought to reopen Idaho's Highway 12 to so-called “megaloads.” A judge had ordered the Forest Service to close the wild and scenic corridor to the shipments.

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3:35 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Federal Judge Halts ‘Megaloads’ on Idaho Highway

A 255-foot-long piece of water purifying equipment bound for Canada waits on Highway 12 near Lewiston, Idaho for transport.
Jessica Robinson

A federal judge has halted so-called “megaload” traffic through a wild and scenic corridor in Idaho. The ruling issued Friday orders the Forest Service to close a section of highway to an Oregon company trying to move oil equipment to Canada. 

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1:57 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

With Second 'Megaload' Ahead, Nez Perce Seek Court Order

The first "megaload" transported by Hillsboro-based Omega Morgan, pictured here outside of Lewiston, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

Nightly protests on Idaho's Highway 12 delayed but did not stop a huge piece of oil equipment crossing the state. The so-called “megaload” passed through a scenic river corridor and entered Montana on Friday. Now, the Nez Perce Tribe is asking a federal judge to prevent more extra-large shipments.

The Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United are suing the U.S. Forest Service for not stopping the enormous truck load. The narrow, twisty highway route passes through the tribe's reservation and a federally protected corridor that contains many tribal religious and cultural sites.

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3:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Nez Perce Attempt to Halt Oil Sands Shipment

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning when members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada for two hours.

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3:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

'Megaload’ to Hit the Road, Even without Federal OK

A member of the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater took this photo on July 22 at the Port of Wilma of what appear to be Omega Morgan’s megaload shipments.
Bett Haverstick Friends of the Clearwater

The head of the Nez Perce Tribe says he's “shocked” by the “audacity” of an Oregon shipper that plans to haul extra-large loads through a protected stretch of Idaho.

The company says it will start moving a so-called "megaload" Monday night. despite the fact that it doesn't have approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

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1:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Shipper, Forest Service at Standoff over ‘Megaloads’

A member of the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater took this photo on July 22 at the Port of Wilma of what appear to be Omega Morgan’s 'megaload' shipments.
Bett Haverstick Friends of the Clearwater

An Oregon shipping company and the U.S. Forest Service appear to be at a standoff over whether huge pieces of oil equipment will pass through a scenic stretch of Idaho.

These so-called “megaloads” are ultimately headed to the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

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4:43 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Third oil company considers megaloads despite delays

Pieces of an ExxonMobil refinery destined for Canada's oil sands travel up the Snake River to the Port of Lewiston in Idaho.
Courtesy of Imperial Oil

Another oil company is eying the Inland Northwest as a potential corridor for oversized shipments to the Canadian oil sands. That's despite prolonged legal wrangling that has delayed the other so-called "megaloads."

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