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Judge to decide Tuesday in oversized load case

MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010, 3 P.M.

LEWISTON — A state judge says he will take a day before deciding whether ConocoPhillips can begin hauling massive loads of oil equipment along U.S. Highway 12 in North Idaho.

Last week, 2nd District Judge John Bradbury put a temporary halt on the company’s plans to truck four oversized loads along the federally protected scenic river corridor.

Bradbury heard more than two hours of testimony during a hearing today in a lawsuit filed by three Idaho residents seeking a permanent block on the shipments.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Bradbury intends to review arguments and issue a ruling Tuesday.

Opponents say the shipments would threaten public safety, pose a risk to the pristine corridor and hurt the region’s tourism industry.

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