Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, August 24, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 83° Partly Cloudy
News >  Idaho

Megaload lawsuit betweeen Forest Service, environmental groups settled

A megaload carrying an evaporator for a Canadian oil rig sits idle on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, on U.S. Highway 12 outside of Lewiston. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
A megaload carrying an evaporator for a Canadian oil rig sits idle on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, on U.S. Highway 12 outside of Lewiston. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
By Rebecca Boone Associated Press

BOISE – Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over huge “megaload” shipments.

Shipments of the very large truck loads have been on hold along a 100-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 between Lewiston, Idaho and the Montana border. The settlement means historic oversized loads, including big logging and farming trucks, can continue on Highway 12, but future megaloads are banned from the road.

Megaloads became a point of contention about six years ago when ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil got permits to transport massive pieces of oil refinery equipment to the Canadian tar sands. The loads were sometimes big enough to block both lanes of traffic, and critics raised several concerns about environmental impact and residential access.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com