ITD Highway 95 & 200 Megaload Public Records 7-31-14

Bigge Megaload Map 1

Bigge Megaload Map 2

Wild Idaho Rising Tide will post more of the most pertinent Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) public records about a proposed hydrocracker section transport up U.S. Highway 95 and Idaho Highway 200, en route to the Calumet Great Falls, Montana, tar sands refinery, as we scrutinize and sort about 100 documents received on July 31, 2014.

Bigge Idaho Route Plan Draft 2 (May 29, 2014)

Bigge Transportation Plan – Revision 1 (May 29, 2014)

Mammoet Megaload Permit 7-27-14 (July 27 to 31, 2014)

Pertinent ITD Email Messages (May 30 to July 21, 2014)

Bigge Montana Transportation Plan (August 15, 2014)

Bigge Montana Traffic Control Plan (August 15, 2014)

Port Commission President: Coal Doesn’t Rev Our Engine

Coal is not among the ventures the Port of Lewiston is pursuing, as it seeks business for its expanded container dock.

The port has had three or four inquiries about coal in the past 3 1/2 years, with the most recent arriving sometime in the fall.  But Port Commission President Mary Hasenoehrl said the port has never actively sought coal customers.

“The Port of Lewiston is not currently working with anyone regarding coal shipments,” said Port Manager David Doeringsfeld.

Any port along the Snake and Columbia river system has likely handled requests similar to those put to the Port of Lewiston, Doeringsfeld said.  Barging coal on the system is an option since coal is being mined in Wyoming and Montana and shipped overseas.

The comments from Hasenoehrl and Doeringsfeld followed a records request by the Lewiston Tribune seeking any documents the port had involving coal from January 1 to July 23.

The port provided an economic impact study about a Port of Morrow coal facility along the Columbia River in Boardman, Oregon, the Port of Morrow’s lease option for the operation, a newspaper article about increasing traffic on the lower Columbia River, and a letter from a megaload opponent. Continue reading