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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Oil shipments across Washington could triple by 2020

Nearly 3 billion gallons of crude oil will move through Washington on trains this year, and that figure could triple in five years. Communities along the route and state regulators aren’t ready for the current volume of oil trains – about 19 per week, each about 100 tank cars – let alone the expected surge in oil traffic, according to a preliminary state report, which is the subject of a Tuesday hearing in Spokane.

Megaloads not allowed through Idaho’s Nez Perce Reservation

BOISE – Shipments of massive industrial equipment destined for the Alberta tar sands may not truck through the Nez Perce Reservation on a winding Idaho highway until a study of their effect on the scenic river corridor is completed and the tribe has had its say, a federal judge ordered Friday. “The plaintiffs are not seeking damages,” U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote. “They are seeking to preserve their Treaty rights along with cultural and intrinsic values that have no price tag.”

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.

New oversize load waits for U.S. 12 approval

The controversy over shipping oversize loads to Alberta’s oil patch through an Idaho river corridor took another turn last week. Two giant water-purification units arrived at the Port of Wilma in Clarkston, but it remains unclear when, or if, the equipment will get clearance to travel through Idaho on U.S. Highway 12.

Banff films bring extreme outdoor pursuits to Spokane’s big screen

Adventure, humor, awareness and awe, plus a   good dose of pucker factor, are coming to   Spokane next weekend in a road show of top outdoor adventure films. The cream of the crop from the 31st annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will be traveling from Alberta to The Bing Crosby Theater Friday through Sunday.

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.