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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

Exxon test megaload arrives in Montana

The "test validation module" for more than 200 megaloads proposed for U.S. Highway 12 by Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil reached Montana this morning, the Idaho Transportation Department reports. The test shipment left milepost 169.1 on the road at three minutes after midnight, and reached the top of...

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011



Linwood Laughy, author of the book "Clearwater Country" and one of the lead intervenors challenging permits for more than 200 giant megaloads to travel scenic U.S. Highway 12, testifies on Monday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Laughy takes stand at megaloads hearing

Author Linwood Laughy is testifying this morning at the Highway 12 megaloads hearing; he's a longtime resident and property owner along the scenic river corridor who's led more than 5,000 people on historical tours in the area. "We visit six original Lewis and Clark sites,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Third Conoco megaload to hit road tomorrow 

The third ConocoPhillips megaload is scheduled to leave Lewiston on Saturday and head across U.S. Highway 12 en route to Billings, Mont., the Idaho Transportation Department announced today. This comes as an Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaload remains parked 5 miles this side of the Montana border,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Test megaload delayed again... 

The "test validation module" for 200-plus Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil Highway 12 megaloads will stay where it is - in a chain-up area at milepost 169.1, about five miles west of the Montana state line on Highway 12 - until at least Monday night, ITD has announced,...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

Test megaload stalls again, this time due to snow 

The Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil "test module" that's demonstrating how the biggest megaloads will fare on U.S. Highway 12 won't travel tonight after all, ITD has announced, because forecasts call for snow near Lolo Pass. Weather permitting, the giant load, now stopped just short of the pass...

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Alan Frew, motor vehicle administrator for the Idaho Transportation Department, answers questions from ITD attorney Tim Thomas at a contested-case hearing Wednesday on proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. (Betsy Russell)

Frew takes stand at megaloads hearing 

Alan Frew, motor vehicle administrator for the Idaho Transportation Department, has been called to testify at today's contested-case hearing on the proposed Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. Frew is the one who signed off on the memorandum of decision to grant the permits....

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Results of tree-trimming to accommodate megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 (Courtesy photo / Idaho Rivers United)

Of power outages and tree-trimming... 

Asked about the incident in which the ExxonMobil "test module" for its megaloads transport knocked out power to two Idaho towns, ITD District 2 maintenance engineer Doral Hoff said the load immediately was pulled over at a nearby turnout and the road was closed. "We...

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Test megaload traveled 100+ miles last night

After a two-week delay, the "test module" for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's giant loads of oil equipment traveled more than 100 miles on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho last night, ITD reports, and reached a chain-up area near the Idaho-Montana border. The megaload arrived at milepost...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Test megaload to resume travel tonight

ITD reports that a "test module" for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's giant loads of oil equipment will begin traveling on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho again tonight, after stalling for two weeks. The rig was halted at milepost 61 after causing a power outage April 11...

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Megaloads hearing wraps up second day

The contested case hearing on Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's plan to run 200-plus giant megaloads of oil equipment across scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho has wrapped up its second day, after a full day of testimony. In the morning, ITD employee Regina Phipps was questioned...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

In this April 11, 2011 photo, activity around the Imperial Oil test module increases as crews prepare to depart from the Port of Lewiston in Lewiston, Idaho. The module, which is 250 feet long, 30 feet tall, 24 feet wide and weighs almost 500,000 pounds, will be the first of many the oil company hopes will travel the route on its way to the Kearl Oil Sands project in Alberta, Canada. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune / Kyle Mills)

Big loads, big issues... 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the news from today's megaloads hearing, including ITD's contention that it wouldn't be "practical" to require the giant loads to be cut down and run on routes other than scenic, winding U.S. Highway 12 -...

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Megaloads hearing wraps up for the day

The megaloads contested-case hearing has wrapped up for the day, at 4:30 p.m. Boise time, and will take up again tomorrow morning at 9; ITD official Regina Phipps will continue her testimony then. The hearing is scheduled to last all week and possibly into next...

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Regina Phipps, vehicle size and weight specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department, testifies at a contested case hearing on Monday; Laird Lucas, right, attorney for megaloads opponents, is questioning her. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing examines precedent... 

Regina Phipps, vehicle size and weight specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department, is the next witness called at the contested case hearing on U.S. Highway 12 megaloads, which is scheduled to run all week and possibly into next week. Among the issues that have been...

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Megaloads contested case hearing opens Monday morning at the Idaho Transportation Department. Retired judge Duff McKee, second from left, is presiding as the hearing officer; the first witness is Ruth May, operator of a bed-and-breakfast on Highway 12; she's at right. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing opens...

The contested case hearing on the proposed 200-plus megaload shipments of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho has opened at the ITD headquarters this morning, with retired Judge Duff McKee, second from left, presiding as hearing examiner. The first witness is Ruth...

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