A barge pushes Alberta tar sands water treatment equipment manufactured in the Portland, Oregon, area up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to the Port of Wilma near Lewiston, Idaho.
A water treatment module of unknown ownership awaits transport by Omega Morgan from the Port of Wilma, Washington, to Fort McMurray, Alberta (Barry Kough photo).
Wild Idaho Rising Tide activists demonstrate resistance to the first Alberta tar sands megaload to successfully cross Idaho and Montana via the Highway 12 wild and scenic river corridor through the largest wildlands complex in the lower 48 states.
The cylindrical Omega Morgan module rolls toward the Lewiston intersection of Idaho Highway 128 and U.S. Highways 12/95 (Cindy Magnuson photo).
The 236-foot-long, half-million-pound tar sands megaload dwarfs Omega Morgan workers, as it passes through Lewiston, Idaho (Cindy Magnuson photo).
The Omega Morgan transport roars past Wild Idaho Rising Tide protesters in Lewiston, Idaho, on Monday night, October 22 (Cindy Magnuson photo).
The largest megaload that Wild Idaho Rising Tide has ever confronted, the Omega Morgan module encounters opposition a few miles into its 1000-mile-plus journey to Alberta tar sands operations.
History unfolds as the Omega Morgan megaload slides by a handful of dedicated Wild Idaho Rising Tide activists.
Resistance is never futile at the port gateway to one of America’s great wilderness waterways, coveted by oil companies as a potential industrial corridor to the Canadian tar sands region.
After moving only 45 miles on its first, easiest night, the Omega Morgan megaload sits parked at the Pink House pull-off just west of Orofino, Idaho, on Tuesday, October 23 (Mike Wilks photo).
The Omega Morgan megaload temporarily stopped along Highway 12 in downtown Kamiah on the Nez Perce Reservation on Tuesday night, October 23-24 (Greg Mack photo).
Resuming its road- and climate-wrecking assault, the Omega Morgan transport departs Kamiah, Idaho, and falls short of its second parking destination eight miles east near Kooskia, as megaload monitors head west toward home (Greg Mack photo).
Originally described by the Idaho Transportation Department as 300 feet long, the 236-foot tar sands water treatment equipment on its trailer guided by front and rear trucks is the longest megaload to ever penetrate regional wildlands. It parked in an unplanned Highway 12 pull-off between Kamiah and Kooskia after its second night of travel.