A good op ed from Idaho Rivers United-

Megaloads tread on Idaho values. By Kevin Lewis. Idaho Mountain Express.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Megaloads tread on Idaho values

  1. avatar adam gall says:

    Ralph, I’ve heard some rumors that Exxon is possibly looking at rerouting to I-90 (as briefly mentioned in this op ed) after some of the logistical issues encountered this winter on 12. Can you shed any light on that? Or have you heard anything validating those rumors?
    Thank you.

  2. avatar Savebears says:


    They are downsizing some of the loads so they can be transported on regular interstate highways.


  3. avatar Doryfun says:

    Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood’s bill (HB 193) imposing huge bonding requirements on anyone suing to block a megaload from traveling on highways in Idaho passed the Idaho House today on a 53-16 vote. All 13 of the House’s Democrats and 3 Republicans — Reps. Tom Trail of Moscow, Leon Smith of Twin Falls, who is House Transportation chair, and Lynn Luker of Boise — voted against the bill.

    Whoppers in the house… March 21, 2011, 4:51 p.m.

    Full story… http://m.spokesman.com/stories/2011/feb/23/idaho-bill-targets-anti-megaload-lawsuits/

    “Some people know what they’re talking about.
    Some people know some of what they’re talking about.
    And then there’s Idaho’s Representative Dick Harwood.”


March 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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