Giant Truck Stops in West Riverside on Way to Alberta Oil Sands

Dave Kapczynski of Ellensburg, Washington, snaps a picture of an oversized load of water purification equipment at the Town Pump Truck Plaza parking lot in West Riverside on Wednesday (Missoulian/Thom Bridge photo).

An oil sands water evaporator dressed like a giant spaceship spent Halloween in the parking lot of the Town Pump Truck Plaza in West Riverside.

Shutterbugs and employees and patrons from the River City Grill stopped throughout the day Wednesday to feast their eyes on the monster megaload destined for a Sunshine Oilsands facility in northeastern Alberta.

An Oregon moving company, Omega Morgan, is transporting the 265-ton vessel across Montana in five after-dark moves that started Monday night near Lolo Hot Springs.  It began its overland journey from the Port of Wilma in Washington ten days ago.

The Montana Transportation Department issued a 32-J oversized load permit for the load Friday.

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. in Calgary owns eight lease sites in the Fort McKay area, some 300 miles northeast of Edmonton in the massive Athabasca oil sands region.  It’s less than 30 miles from the Kearl Lake area, the destination of hundreds of loads of processing equipment shipped through Montana in the past year by Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil.

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(By Kim Briggeman, Missoulian)