Friday, January 10, 2014

Paperwork stalls megaloads

Shipment passes through Timmerman Junction late Tuesday


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Seven protesters greeted the first megaload when it traveled through Blaine County on Dec. 30. Photo by Willy Cook

    Two megaloads of oil production equipment bound for Alberta, Canada, remained in Idaho on Thursday, delayed by lack of a travel permit from the Montana Transportation Department.
    The Missoulian newspaper reported Thursday that the department has delayed issuing the permit because shipper Omega Morgan submitted a new travel plan this week and that the agency is still evaluating the plan. The newspaper reported that adverse weather forecasts may delay movement of the loads into Montana even after a permit is issued.
    Idaho State Police reported Thursday on Twitter that the first megaload shipment was being held about 10 miles from the Idaho-Montana border near Gibbonsville on state Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass.
    The second shipment on Thursday remained parked at a highway weigh station just east of Butte City. It arrived there Wednesday morning after passing through Timmerman Junction in southern Blaine County late Tuesday night.
    The Idaho Transportation Department earlier Tuesday had not planned to allow the shipment to travel that evening but changed its stance later in the day.
    ITD spokesman Adam Rush said the decision was changed at about 5 p.m., which was after Idaho Mountain Express press deadline.
    Rush said Thursday that neither shipment would be moved Thursday night.
    Helen Yost, community organizer for Moscow-based activist group Wild Idaho Rising Tide, said “just a few” protesters greeted Megaload II when it passed through Timmerman Junction Tuesday at 11:43 p.m.
    The shipments are allowed to travel only between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. Travel is not permitted when road conditions are bad.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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