12.30 Review OKs application process for four mega-loads—Shipment permits urged
- Posted by Trish Weber
ITD Hearing Office Merlyn Clark has issued his recommendation for the four ConocoPhillips mega-load shipments - in favor of the applicant. From Wednesday’s Spokesman-Review article:
In his 57-page recommendation, Boise attorney Merlyn Clark said evidence shows the four loads can be transported safely and with minimum inconvenience to the general public along north-central Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12, which parallels the Lochsa and Clearwater rivers.
He said foes of the shipments provided no “reliable evidence” that the loads would damage tourism, hurt the highway’s scenic values or hamper businesses in the mountainous region, as they had argued at hearings this month.
However, the ruling will not become final until acted upon by IDT, the director of which has stated he will “take it under advisement.”
Foes of the mega-loads have made it clear that what may apply to four coke drum shipments does not apply to the ExxonMobil mega-loads.
“The impacts of the 207 shipments, night after night for nearly a year, are a whole other story, as are the many more shipments likely to follow,” Linwood Laughy, a U.S. Highway 12 resident who sued to block the mega-loads, said in a statement. “We do intend to continue our role of keeping people informed of the issues involved with the mega-loads.”