Imperial Oil Modules began stacking up at the Port of Lewiston last week, without receiving permits to transport their massive loads on Highway 12 and prior to the Idaho Supreme Court ruling on the issue at it relates to the ConocoPhillips oversized loads.
Lewiston Tribune Editorial on istockanyalyst.com
New West story outlining the legal issues being decided on by the Idaho Supreme Court:
At the same time more light is being shed on the behind closed doors meetings and agreements that have been taking place in Idaho for well over a year concerning these proposed shipments.
Spokesman Review article about ISP deal to escort the shipments made in 2009 on tradingmarkets.com:
Local residents took to the streets with signs on Saturday to voice their opposition to the mega-load transportation proposals and to call attention to the fact that Imperial Oil is pressuring ITD and the Idaho Supreme Court by barging their equipment to Lewiston without permits to move it on Highway 12, nor any permits to enter Montana.
KLEW TV story on the Saturday morning protest on Lewiston’s Memorial Bridge:
Other stories of interest:
The Port of Lewiston is losing money:
In a recent story titled “Megaloads Bound for Alberta Arrive,” The Lewiston Tribune reported that a Portland based security firm was keeping watch over Imperial Oil’s giant loads waiting without permits at the Port of Lewiston:
“All the maneuvering took place under recently added security. A uniformed attendant of a Portland security company with a clipboard kept track of vehicles entering the port's container yard. Newly constructed fencing as well as empty containers made it difficult for anyone outside the yard to view the activity.”