05.06 ITD Moves Goalposts to Wherever ExxonMobil Happens to Kick the Ball
- Posted by Trish Weber
A “test module” for proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho that made it into Montana this week took weeks to arrive and caused a five-hour power outage and hour-long traffic delay along the way, but state transportation officials and Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil are calling it a success.
“With the exception of the tree branch we clipped out of Lewiston and the guy wire, that move was very well done,” Kenneth Johnson, Kearl module transportation project manager for Imperial Oil, a Canadian affiliation of ExxonMobil, told a state hearing officer Friday.
OMG! This sounds EXACTLY like that old joke: “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play?”
This is some seriously high comedy going on here!
The proposed permits for the giant loads… forbid delays of traffic exceeding 15 minutes… Adam Rush, ITD spokesman, said, “If there’s a delay above 15 minutes, we don’t automatically characterize that as a failure.” Rush said he couldn’t say what would have made the test a failure.
[fer-bid, fawr-] –verb (used with object), -bade or -bad or -bid, -bid·den or -bid, -bid·ding.
1. to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
2. to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
3. to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
Let’s see. Nope. Nowhere in that definition does it say “unless it happens and then it is okay.” But that is what ITD is saying about the test module’s violation of the permit that THEY issued.
But really, the best part is where Rush couldn’t come up with a plausible scenario for failure. In other words, anything ExxonMobil does = success.
Is Duff McKee gonna buy this?