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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011


Activists may target megaloads 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press and the Lewiston Tribune: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An environmental activist group is gathering in the Lolo National Forest next month and organizers say they may target oversized truckloads of oil refinery equipment traveling along U.S. Highway...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011



FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011


Of megaloads, roadwork and delays...

In the second day of testimony at a court hearing in Missoula yesterday, an Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil official testified that delays in sending megaloads of oil field equipment through Montana and up to the Kearl oil sands project in Canada are proving problematic for the company....

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Montana court hearing focuses on megaloads

A three-day court hearing kicked off in Missoula yesterday on a possible injunction to block construction of numerous new turnouts and other roadwork to allow Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads to pass through Montana. Among those testifying was Steve Seninger, a University of Montana economist who said...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Pro-megaloads group decries opposition 

A business group backing megaloads on Highway 12 in Idaho is decrying the megaloads opponents' arguments as "littler more than unverifiable claims and personal opinions." Alex LaBeau, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry and a member of the group "Drive Our Economy," said...

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Megaloads debate continues...

Here's a link to my full story at on the wrapup today of testimony in the megaloads contested-case hearing, after three weeks; a decision is due in June. Tonight, company and ITD officials will be in Moscow, Idaho for a public meeting on the...

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ExxonMobil: 'We eagerly await the judge's decision'

Cynthia Bergman White, spokeswoman for ExxonMobil, issued this statement after the close of testimony in the megaloads hearing today: "The hearing process further demonstrated the years of careful planning and steps taken to ensure these loads can be transported safely and with minimal disruption to...

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Retired Idaho District Judge Duff McKee, at left, presides over the contested case hearing on proposed megaloads on Highway 12 on Wednesday; testifying is traffic engineer Pat Dobie. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing takes back up...

The contested-case hearing on Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho has taken back up this morning, with the megaloads opponents recalling their expert witness, Boise traffic engineer Pat Dobie, as a rebuttal witness. Asked about testimony from ITD officials that...

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

When a delay is not a delay... 

A contested-case hearing over plans for hundreds of giant megaloads of oil equipment to travel through a scenic Idaho river canyon will stretch into its third week next week, after a full day of testimony today. Among the issues that have surfaced over the past...

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