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Oil Firms Pull Megaload Applications

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil has withdrawn its application to the state of Montana to haul more than 200 megaloads of oil sands equipment over Lolo Pass and through northwestern Montana into Canada. The company said it's already brought in all the loads it needs for the first phase of its oil sands project via other routes, the Associated Press reports. Imperial spokesman Pius Rolheiser told the AP that the company has contracted for the demolition of a huge test module that has been sitting in a parking lot at Lolo Hot Springs since May 4, 2011. The load will be removed in chunks that won't require oversized permits/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (Lewiston Tribune file photo)

Question: Are you happy to see the megaloads go away?

Megaload Promoters Target Spokane

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil has announced that some of its controversial megaloads, instead of traveling a scenic route in Idaho, may instead rumble through Spokane on U.S. Highway 395 and I-90. The company said “lengthy permitting delays” for the original route across scenic U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston, Idaho to Montana, then north through Montana to Canada, have forced it to look at alternative routes, though it still will pursue the Highway 12 route. “We have met or exceeded the requirements typically imposed on other oversize load shippers that have used the U.S. 12 route,” said Chris Allard, Kearl senior project manager for the oil company. “We will continue to pursue the permits for those full-sized modules through Idaho and Montana, which is more efficient and cost effective. However, we will also move forward with alternative routes to maintain project schedules”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP/Lewiston Tribune file photo)

Question: Do you expect residents of Eastern Washington & Spokane to squawk about megaloads?

Mini-Megaloads May Be CdA Bound

Item: Mini-megaloads may enter CdA: Massive cargo would be routed onto I-90/Chelsea Bannach, SR

More Info: “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve seen large loads similar to that go through here before,” said Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander. “These aren’t the huge loads that are going through Highway 12.” Imperial Oil, a Canadian affiliate of ExxonMobil, is cutting the loads down in height in Lewiston so they can travel on U.S. Highway 95 through Moscow and Coeur d’Alene, onto Interstate 90, into Montana, and eventually to Canada.

Question: Do you support oil refineries using H95 & I-90 to move their mini-megaloads to Billings, Mont.?

Moscow Council Embraces Megaloads

The Moscow City Council has voted to welcome megaloads to travel through town — and invite them to stop off to patronize the city's motels, stores and gas stations along the way. The vote Monday came after Mayor Nancy Chaney had submitted a draft resolution to the council calling on the Idaho Transportation Department to deny permits for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's proposed 207 megaloads of oil equipment; the company wants to haul the giant loads from Lewiston to Montana across U.S. Highway 12, but is cutting 33 of them in half so they could instead travel north from Lewiston through Moscow to Coeur d'Alene before heading to Montana on I-90, then up to Canada/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (Lewiston Tribune file photo/Barry Kough: Mammoet Co. workers move a reduced-size megaload carried on 18-axles remotely controlled, into a new storage yard at the Port of Lewiston on May 9.)

Question: Are you bothered that megaloads now will go through Coeur d'Alene?

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