Big Oil Wins First “Big Haul” Battle

The attorney appointed by the Idaho Transportation Department to hear arguments against allowing “mega-load shipments” of oversize refinery equipment over highways through some scenic valleys along the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers has recommended that permits for four such shipments be issued to ConocoPhillips. Attorney Merlyn Clark said that he believes the loads can be transported safely and with “minimum inconvenience to the general public.” Opponents had argued that the big loads present a threat to the tourism industry, the environment, and public safety. See the above video for the full story of why ConocoPhillips wants to use these scenic highways and why many oppose the plan. You can continue to follow the story at All Against the Haul.

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