Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — While officials debated the safety of hauling huge loads of equipment from Idaho into Montana, an oversized load of refinery equipment made a two-month trip from Oklahoma to south-central Montana. The Billings Gazette reports the huge piece of equipment arrived at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Lockwood Wednesday night. It left Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 18 and was hauled by Oregon-based Emmert International. Emmert spokesman Greg Brooks says the top speed for the load was about 20 mph and travel was sometimes hampered by snow, ice and poor visibility. The 600,000-pound load measured 215 feet long, just over 24 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Department of Transportation Chief Operations Officer Dwane Kailey says the department received no public comments on Exxon Mobil’s permit application.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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