Megaload Ban Could Cost General Electric Millions

Today’s hearing postponed until next week; Omega Morgan won’t move any loads until September 18

A subsidiary of the General Electric Company (GE) could lose millions of dollars if megaload shipments are banned or even significantly delayed on U.S. Highway 12, according to court documents.

Resources Conservation Company International (RCCI), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate, has asked to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United (IRU) that seeks to compel the U.S. Forest Service to stop the shipment of megaloads across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

A hearing in that case scheduled for today has been delayed until September 9, and shipping company Omega Morgan has agreed not to move any megaloads across the highway until September 18.

William Heins, vice president and chief operating officer for Resources Conservation Company International, said his company could suffer $3.6 million in damages if it doesn’t deliver water evaporators as contracted and on time to oil fields in Alberta, Canada.

If the company is unable to use the highway and has to find another route, it could incur additional planning, engineering, and transportation costs of $5.1 million.  Finally, Heins said his company would lose $75 million if delays cause its customer to cancel a contract to provide water purification equipment to the oil fields. Continue reading