Two Megaloads to Travel over Lolo Pass, Rogers Pass


Two more megaloads and their entourage of pilot and support vehicles will brave the winter highways from Lolo Pass and through Missoula early next week.

Duane Williams of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) said the oversized loads will probably start down U.S. Highway 12 from four miles east of the Idaho line late Monday night, unless weather delays their travel in Idaho.

They will stop at Bonner, then journey up Montana Highway 200 and over Rogers Pass on the next leg.  Mammoet, the contract hauler, is taking the ConocoPhillips evaporator vessels from Newberg, Oregon, to northern Alberta. Continue reading

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Megaload Makes It Past Lowell on Way to Montana


A megaload that left the Port of Wilma just west of Clarkston on Wednesday evening  is now parked nine miles east of Lowell on U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho.

It is not expected to travel again tonight with the distance depending on weather and road conditions, said Adam Rush, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise.

(By Elaine Williams, The Lewiston Tribune)

Idle No More World Day of Action Idaho Solidarity 1-27-13


Thanks to the difficult, ongoing, behind-the-scenes work of our allies who provided logistical information in December, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) staged a great Idle No More solidarity rally on Sunday, January 27.  A few dozen WIRT activists bundled against the relatively mild Idaho/Washington winter, carpooled, and gathered at the Port of Wilma on the Snake River, expecting to encounter two Bantrel/ConocoPhillips tar sands megaloads offloading and staging in the port yards.  Instead, the haulers were late again and/or avoiding us, and we noticed only a few railroad workers, chip trucks, and scores of Canadian geese.  Nevertheless, we are outrageously proud of all of our heroes who foisted protest signs and the WIRT banner, marched, stood, chanted “Shut Down Tar Sands!”, and composed and sang revised lyrics to Down by the Riverside (“We’re gonna protest those megaloads…Down by the riverside…We’re gonna stand for a cleaner world… Ain’t gonna bow to greed no more!”).  Thanks to everyone who participated in showing our solidarity with indigenous allies opposing the devastation wrought by tar sands development across the continent.  View more photos of this demonstration in the WIRT facebook album
Megaload-empty Port of Lewiston (Tom Hansen photo)

Megaload-empty Port of Lewiston (Tom Hansen photo)

Offloading protest signs at the Port of Wilma (Tom Hansen photo)

Offloading protest signs at the Port of Wilma (Tom Hansen photo)

Offloading protest signs at the Port of Wilma (Tom Hansen photo)

Offloading protest signs at the Port of Wilma (Tom Hansen photo)

Gathering to march at the tar sands megaload-tardy Port of Wilma (Greg Mack photo)

Gathering to march at the tar sands megaload-tardy Port of Wilma (Greg Mack photo)

Marching at the tar sands megaload-tardy Port of Wilma (Greg Mack photo)

Marching at the tar sands megaload-tardy Port of Wilma (Greg Mack photo)