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Megaload fight headed to federal court

A court hearing that could decide the future use of U.S. Highway 12 by shippers of megaloads has been set for Aug. 27 before Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise.

Last week, the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for not stopping transport company Omega Morgan from hauling a 21-foot-wide, 255-foot-long, 644,000-pound evaporator across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest via the twisting highway that also passes through the Middle Fork of the Clearwater-Lochsa Wild and Scenic River corridor.

The tribe and environmental group have asked Winmill to issue an emergency injunction that would compel the Forest Service to enforce its jurisdiction over megaload shipments across the forest and through the Wild and Scenic River corridor. Read more.

Any predictions as to the ultimate outcome?

Protesters Can’t Stop H12 Megaload

Nez Perce tribal police arrested and cited 19 people for disorderly conduct in connection with the protest of an oil refinery equipment shipment traveling via megaload truck through tribal lands. The truck resumed its journey along U.S. Highway 12 around 2:30 this morning after members of the Nez Perce Reservation and other activists attempted to halt its progress. Helen Yost, a spokeswoman of environmentalist group Wild Idaho Rising Tide that joined tribal members in their protest of the shipment, monitored activity on social media and through media reports. She also spoke with several protesters at the scene as they returned to their homes around 4 a.m. About three-quarters of the assembled protesters were tribal members, Yost said.  (Steve Hanks' Lewiston Tribune photo: Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee members (from right) Dan Kane, Albert Barros, Brooklyn Baptiste, Silas Whitman and Leotis McCormack take turns speaking at a protest of megaloads Monday night at the Clearwater River Casino)

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