02.10 MDT rules on Exxon KMTP: Finding Of No Significant Impact
- Posted by Zack Porter
There are lots of developments to share. Citizens on the Idaho side of Lolo pass have diligently followed Conoco’s loads for more than a week, recording delays, mishaps, and interactions with law enforcement. Tonight, the plan is for the trucks to travel to mile marker 169 at the foot of Lolo Pass (still on the Idaho side), and a new batch of monitors, from Missoula, will begin their watch. It is unclear whether the load will remain parked there until the second one arrives, or whether it will continue on, tomorrow night (Friday), to a point just across the Montana border.
2. Please stay tuned for announcements about upcoming rallies. Emails will be sent via the No Shipments Network, and you can also visit the All Against The Haul website or facebook page for updates.
3. Attached are the MDT permits/amendments/restrictions for Conoco’s first two loads. Among other stipulations, the documents clearly state that traffic cannot be delayed more than 10 minutes at a time, and that travel can only occur between midnight and 6 AM.
4. MDT has released its Final Environmental Assessment for the KMTP, which they originally promised would be completed by June of 2010 (see copied email below). The FONSI document is available at this site, under the title of “Kearl Module Transport Project”: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/eis_ea_finalized.shtml. Lawyers working with groups opposing the haul are reviewing the document and planning next steps.
5. And finally, for those who haven’t seen this already, the Missoulian reported today on rumors that Exxon is planning to cut their modules into smaller sizes that can be trucked through Idaho and Montana on interstate highways. See the full story here: http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_5d0cfac0-34d3-11e0-861a-001cc4c03286.html. You may also want to see this article on the increasing attractiveness of using an arctic route to bring Asian-made equipment to the Tar Sands: http://srj.ca/mackenzie-river-industrial-shipping-closer-than-ever-p5766-88.htm.