Oil Companies Seek to Move Big Loads in Washington
According to the Associated Press, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Imperial Oil are seeking permission from the state of Washington to ship giant oil sands processing equipment to the Port of Pasco, and then move the loads by truck across eastern Washington for eventual shipment to Canada. The companies say they are seeking the new route because intense opposition has slowed their original plans to ship the equipment to the Port of Lewiston in Idaho and then truck it over scenic U.S. 12 into Montana and finally up to the Kearl oil sands in Canada. The oil companies say the equipment to be moved through Washington would be cut down to a smaller size than the megaloads planned for movement across U.S. 12. Regulators in Washington, Idaho and Montana must approve the new shipments, which would last for more than a year.