Jim Lynch, director of the Montana Department of
Transportation, says that state has gone through an environmental review of
ConocoPhillips’ application to run four giant, oversized truckloads from Lolo Pass to
refinery. “Right now, we’re working out the details,” he said. That includes
finalizing a memorandum of understanding laying out emergency plans and
specific responsibilities for ConocoPhillips and its shipper, Emmert
International. “We’re close to the end of our process, so it could happen very
quickly,” Lynch said Friday. However, he said, “The state of Montana can’t issue a permit until we know
that the shipper has a legal right to be at our border.”
That means it has to wait for Idaho
to act first, since the mega-loads, now at the Port
of Lewiston, have to travel U.S.
Highway 12 through Idaho to get to the Montana line at the
has oral arguments scheduled for Nov. 19 on whether to allow opponents to
intervene and participate in a full public hearing on the proposal.