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MC: Pestocrats Won One More Round

This dismantling of two cranes in Lewiston last week and the dismantling of jobs make a fine metaphor for the state of the economy in the Age of Obama. Megaload opponents celebrated a victory last week, which is anotherway of saying that the local economy lost. The last megaload heading up U.S. Highway 95 passed through Moscow Tuesday. And environmentalist puritans were celebrating. Not so long ago, the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley was eagerly looking forward to handling hundreds of “megaloads,” that would be shipped up the Snake River, unloaded at the Port of Lewiston and transported over Lolo Pass on U.S. Highway 12. Today they're hoping for six. Regardless of what route the megaloads take, the ultimate destination of all this oil extraction equipment will be the Canadian tar sands. But who needs oil?/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you glad/mad the megaloads have stopped for now?

Here Come The Megaloads

Imperial Oil has five days starting Friday to get a megaload and another smaller, oversized shipment from the Port of Lewiston to Idaho's border via the Palouse. The Idaho Transportation Department reissued the permits Wednesday for the moves, said Adam Rush, a spokesman for the agency in Boise. The 23-foot-wide, 208-foot-long, 131/2-foot-tall shipment will be inspected and weighed today, but its exact date of departure hasn't been set yet, according to Rush and Pius Rolheiser, a spokesman for Imperial Oil. … Two ISP officers working overtime paid for by Imperial Oil will accompany the larger rig which is supposed to pull over every 15 minutes to allow traffic to pass. Its travel will be limited to between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m./Elaine Williams, Lewiston Tribune (via Eye on Boise). More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you ready for the megaloads to roll through Coeur d'Alene?

Megaloads Coming To CdA Soon

Item: Loads permitted for Coeur d'Alene: Alternate route uses U.S. Highway 95/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

More Info: The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the first two permits for modified megaloads of oil field equipment to travel up U.S. Highway 95 to Coeur d’Alene, then turn onto Interstate 90 to Montana. The two loads could start moving as soon as June 27, destined for the Alberta oil sands in Canada. They’re among 33 giant loads of oil equipment that have been stalled in Lewiston for months, awaiting permits to travel on scenic, twisting U.S. Highway 12 to Montana. Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil has been cutting those loads in half, reducing their height but not their length or width, to allow them to travel on the interstate.

Question: Is it fair that the Coeur d'Alene area is stuck with mini-megaloads without much input?

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.?

Megaload Scrapes Rock, Causes Delay

Parked between the Clearwater River and U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia, Idaho, the first megaload of a ConocoPhillips half-drum awaits its third leg of its journey across Idaho to a refinery at Billings, Mont. Snowfall expected at higher elevations ahead has stopped the long caravan of vehicles. The Associated Press reports that the megaload scraped on rocks along the route and caused a 59-minute delay. The Idaho Transportation Department is demanding that the company submit a new plan before allowing a second megaload to leave from the Port of Lewiston. Story here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Steve Hanks)

Question: Anyone out there ready to say: I told you so?

INW: Megaloads Roll Out Of Lewiston

Despite the freezing weather people gather to watch as the first of four ConocoPhillips megaloads maneuvers its way onto the frontage road along U.S. Highway 12 Tuesday night in Lewiston. The cargo along with the two trucks and trailer hauling it weigh almost 300 tons are en-route to Billings, Montana. Missoulian story here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)

AM: Megaloads To Roll Tuesday

A little rain didn't stop people walking through the Port of Lewiston with picket signs Saturday in Lewiston. People gathered to protest the Mega Loads that are being prepared to be shipped to Montana on Tuesday. The megaloads will begin rolling Tuesday. Story here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)

INW: Big Loads Ready To Roll?

Workers prep the large Conoco Phillips refinery equipment loads at the Port of Lewiston Monday in Lewiston. Betsy Russell/SR has latest here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune. Barry Kough)

NYTimes Spotlights Mega-Loads, H12

In the New York Times, reporter Tom Zeller Jr. spotlights the growing controversy re: the possibility that ConocoPhillips and other oil companies will transport ha-huge loads of oil refinery equipment over rural Highway 12. Zeller’s feature story includes this paragraph: “But to Mr. Laughy’s dismay, international oil companies see this meandering, backcountry route as a road to riches. They are angling to use U.S. 12 to ship gargantuan loads of equipment from Vancouver, Wash., to Montana and the tar sands of Alberta in Canada. The companies say the route would save time and money and provide a vital economic boost to Montana and Idaho. The problem, said Mr. Laughy, is that the proposed loads are so large — and would travel so slowly — that they would literally block the highway as they rolled through.” More here.

Question: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter and other Idaho officials will back off on this proposal? Or will they try to push it through despite considerable opposition?

INW: Big Drums Heading For Billings

Several workmen prepare for transport to a Conoco-Phillips refinery in Billings, Mont., from the Port of Lewiston Monday. Each load will contain half a drum that will be assembled on site. Archives: Billings Gazette story here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Barry Kough)

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