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Eye On Boise ConocoPhillips archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Third Conoco megaload to hit road tomorrow 

The third ConocoPhillips megaload is scheduled to leave Lewiston on Saturday and head across U.S. Highway 12 en route to Billings, Mont., the Idaho Transportation Department announced today. This comes as an Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaload remains parked 5 miles this side of the Montana border,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Workers make final preparations Tuesday night Feb. 1, 2011 on the ConocoPhillips' large drum shaped refinery equipment bound for Billings, Mont. The first of four oversized loads has left Lewiston, Idaho late Tuesday. It is the first of what environmentalists fear could be hundreds of truckloads moving along a federally protected route once crossed by Lewis and Clark.  (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune / Barry Kough)

First megaload rolls on Highway 12 

A giant truckload of oil refinery equipment began its lumbering journey late Tuesday onto scenic U.S. Highway 12, the AP reports; ConocoPhillips spokesman Bill Stephens said Tuesday night that the journey "went off just as planned." Click below for a full report from AP reporter...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Megaloads now won't move 'til Feb. 1 

ITD now says the ConocoPhillips megaloads won't start moving until Feb. 1, rather than on Monday. The agency earlier today said the loads could start rolling Monday, but then it learned that Conoco wouldn't be ready by then, so it changed the permit date to...

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ITD to let Conoco megaloads roll Monday

Idaho will let the four ConocoPhillips megaloads of oil equipment start traveling U.S. Highway 12 on Monday, Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness announced today. "I am convinced the record showed the loads can be moved safely, without damage to the roads and bridges and with...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2011

Forest service concerned about megaloads

The Missoulian reports that the U.S. Forest Service has expressed concerns to transportation departments in both Idaho and Montana about the megaloads of oil equipment proposed for U.S. Highway 12, saying they could conflict with its ability to "preserve, protect and manage the cultural and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Megaloads opponents file appeal

Opponents of megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho have filed an appeal of the state hearing officer's findings and recommendation after a contested case hearing. The appeal, which you can read online here, contends that the hearing officer focused in his findings only...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Ruling favors ConocoPhillips megaloads 

A state hearing officer has ruled in favor of granting permits to ConocoPhillips to transport its four proposed megaloads of oil refinery equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, denying the appeal of 13 residents and business owners along the twisting, scenic route who...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010

No megaloads decision before Xmas

State hearing officer Merlyn Clark confirmed today that the decision on ITD permits for ConocoPhillips' four proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 won't be out before Christmas as earlier planned, and instead likely will be out before the New Year holiday. Clark is weighing two...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010


Conoco statement: 'Look forward to decision'

After the conclusion yesterday of a two-day contested-case hearing on ConocoPhillips' proposed megaloads on Highway 12, the company issued this statement:"ConocoPhillips appreciated the opportunity to reaffirm to ITD and the public our detailed plans to transport four shipments of equipment from Lewiston to the Billings...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Clark says he'll rule 'at least before Xmas' 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the two-day contested-case hearing on ConocoPhillips' proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. State hearing officer Merlyn Clark said he'll take the issue under advisement. He asked attorneys on all sides to submit briefing on several...

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Emmert already has hired barricade firm

Emmert International's project manager, Mark Albrecht, said his firm has hired a barricade company to block the turnouts along U.S. Highway 12 before the ConocoPhillips megaloads come through. Though ITD's proposed permits call for barricades for 24 hours in advance of the loads, Albrecht said,...

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