Oversized load not missing despite protester claims | News
An oversized load that was delivered to the Port of Wilma just west of Clarkston a week ago has not been transported out of the region, although some people have asked “Did it sneak up Highway 12 last week.”
Activists with Wild Idaho Rising Tide showed up Saturday to protest the two loads that were unloaded from their barges on July 22nd and discovered that there was only one sitting there. According to Olga Haley, a spokeswoman for transport company Omega Morgan, the load is being "stored inside a building at the Port of Wilma." Meanwhile, she adds there is no other news since the company is working with the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Dept. of Transportation on the permit situation."
The water purification vessels were fabricated in British Columbia and weigh about 320 tons each, and could be the first of at least nine loads which the Oregon-based shipping company wants to move east on U.S. 12 to Montana, and then up to Alberta, Canada to the tar sands.
But the loads can't move until they meet three interim rules set by the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers: no traffic can be fully stopped in the corridor, the loads must pass through the corridor in less than 12 hours, and no physical modification may occur of the highway or adjacent vegetation beyond normal highway maintenance. Omega Morgan has submitted a revised plan that shows the loads meet two of the three rules, but they would still delay traffic.