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Megaload rule change finds backing of Senate Transportation Committee

The Idaho Transportation Department received legislative approval Tuesday for a rule change that lays the foundation for a statewide permitting system for oversize trucks. The Senate Transportation Committee approved the proposal with minimal discussion Tuesday. For a non-fee rule such as this, approval is only needed from one chamber; it will take effect at the conclusion of the legislative session.

Judge halts megaloads on Highway 12 in Idaho

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United, ordering a preliminary injunction blocking further megaload transports on scenic U.S. Highway 12 through north-central Idaho until a corridor study and consultation with the tribe have been completed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Megaload fight headed to federal court

The Lewiston Tribune is reporting a court date has been set on a motion brought forth by the Nez Perce tribe to block oversized shipments of oil refinery equipment along a scenic highway running through tribal lands in northern Idaho.

Megaload encounters few protesters in Montana

A 322-ton shipment of water purification equipment for an oil refinery operation in Alberta, Canada, passed through Missoula, Mont., early Tuesday. About 25 protesters briefly blocked the truck, but the state patrol had the load moving again quickly.

Nez Perce plan continued megaload protests, litigation

Nez Pez Tribal Executive Committee chairman Silas Whitman said Wednesday that law enforcement efforts to curtail protests are escalating, but the tribe plans to continue blocking the path of a truck hauling oil refinery equipment through its reservation to Canada.

Megaload protest repeated on Nez Perce reservation

LEWISTON – With car headlights casting their shadows against a wall of the Clearwater River Valley on Nez Perce lands Tuesday night, protesters once again gathered in an attempt to block passage of a truck bearing an oversize load of oil refinery equipment bound for Canada.

Environmentalists win megaload challenge

BOISE – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority two years ago to intervene in Idaho’s decision to permit a series of massive shipments of oil refinery equipment along U.S. Highway 12. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued his ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by an environmental group that opposed the so-called megaload shipments along the scenic roadway that cuts across north-central Idaho and into Montana.

Megaload protest leads to 3 arrests

Three more protesters were arrested early Saturday in Coeur d’Alene as a megaload shipment of oil-excavation equipment passed through the Lake City. Law enforcement officers confirmed that the Idaho State Police made the arrests, but the protesters’ names were not released.

Second megaload’s future uncertain

The smaller, first shipment by Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil crossed the Idaho/Montana border Monday night but -- with a day left before the oil company’s permits with the Idaho Transportation Department expire -- there has been no indication when the second load of refinery equipment will roll.

ExxonMobil equipment goes through Moscow

MOSCOW – The first of two oversized loads of ExxonMobil refinery equipment set to leave the Port of Lewiston over a five-day span has started moving in North Idaho. The shipment left at dusk Friday and went through Moscow on its way to connect with Interstate 90 near Coeur d’Alene en route to the oil sands of southern Alberta, Canada.

Oil equipment makes its way north on Hwy. 95

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Some protesters were surprised when they showed up to the Pie Hole to find out Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil’s first oversized shipment of refinery equipment had already rolled through Washington Street -- hours before expected.

Megaloads security beefed up

LEWISTON – ExxonMobil has hired off-duty police in Lewiston to provide extra security for its refinery equipment during an environmental conference taking place near the Idaho-Montana border. Company spokesman Pius Rolheiser says the security measure comes in the wake of potential threats from members of Earth First!, which is holding its annual meeting in the nearby Lolo National Forest.

First megaload reaches Montana border

ConocoPhillips says its first giant truckload of oversized oil refinery equipment has crossed northern Idaho on U.S. Highway 12 and arrived in Montana.