Fate of Idaho Megaloads Hangs at Stake at Hearings
The Associated Press reports that the fate of ExxonMobil''s plan to haul massive shipments of oil refinery equipment along U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho is at stake in a hearing that started Monday with objections from residents and business owners along the route. The hearing, expected to last at least four days, is the latest challenge to the plan by ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil to ship giant loads of equipment from the port in Lewiston, into Montana and ultimately to the Kearl Oil Sands in southern Alberta, Canada. The company initially projected transporting more than 200 shipments on the scenic roadway, generally along the route of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition. But in recent months, it has found a way to reduce the size of dozens of shipments and reroute the smaller loads along a different, less controversial path.