01.28 Join Us at a Rally in Lewiston Protesting Conoco-Phillips Mega-loads
- Posted by Trish Weber
- Call To Action
Friends of the Clearwater and citizens are organizing a peaceful public rally on Saturday January 29th, from 1-3 PM Pacific Time, on the Memorial Bridge in Lewiston. The rally is to defend the Wild & Scenic Clearwater and Lochsa River corridor from Big Oil’s mega-loads. The loads are set to begin rolling up Highway 12 on February 1st. More information on the rally can be found here.
Central Idaho residents and business owners who intervened before the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to challenge 4 massive ConocoPhillips coke drum shipments up Highway 12 announced today that they do not intend to file a further legal appeal of the ITD overlegal permits.
“We are proud of the work we have done over the last 10 months helping educate our friends and neighbors about the threats that hundreds of megaloads pose for the communities of the Highway 12 corridor,” said Karen “Borg” Hendrickson, one of the Intervenors.
She added: “We now want to move past the Conoco shipments, and focus attention on the hundreds of mega-loads planned by ExxonMobil and Canada’s Imperial Oil, the Korea National Oil Corporation (Harvest Energy), Shell Canada and others companies that seek to use Highway 12 as a ‘high and wide’ corridor to transport overseas equipment to the Alberta tar sands.”
Her husband, Linwood Laughy, stated that the challengers intend to monitor the coke drum loads, which are authorized to begin on February 1, but that they will not attempt to block or disrupt the megaloads in any way.
“We think it is important for local residents to understand exactly how massive these shipments are and what their impacts may be for traffic and business on Highway 12, but we do not suggest that anyone attempt to interfere with them,” Laughy said.
Hendrickson, Laughy and nearly 4000 other megaload opponents who have signed a “Deny Permits” petition, almost all Idahoans, celebrate the fact that they have forced ITD to pay much keener attention to its legal and public obligations. The opponents trust that ITD staff mean what they have said, that the ConocoPhillips’ permits “do not set a precedent” for the permitting of future megaloads.