First four oil megaloads get "go ahead" by Idaho Dept. of Transportation

If first four loads don’t go up and over smoothly, battle will likely last for a generation-

The megaloads for the Billings, MT oil refinery now have a go ahead from Idaho, and will probably get one quickly from Montana. Highway 12 itself has been slippery to very slippery except in its lower portion.  Parts of it have also been briefly closed to reduced to one lane due to rockslides.

Idaho official signs off on Highway 12 megaload permits. By Kim Briggeman of the Missoulian






  1. Salle Avatar

    Sure looks like the Idaho, in particular, governing entities will sell their souls and everyone else’s future health and well being for the sake of a few dollars in campaign funds. A pittance compared to the real cost of their ignorance and greed.

  2. mhwygirl Avatar

    thanks for covering this issue. how are those loads going to make it over the pass with the amount of snow on the highway right now- making the road narrower than usual? not all the pullouts have even been plowed. these rigs are too big for hwy 12 and should be shipped on the traditional route.

    1. Save bears Avatar

      They have not even made the new pullouts yet, that are required for this move, they may have permits from Idaho, but Montana has not issued permits yet and if they do, there are conditions required by the state of Montana to complete the move….right now it is about as clear as MUD!

  3. NotafanofWW2 Avatar

    So much for the designated Wild and Scenic Lochsa River that runs alongside highway 12. This is an outright travesty!

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