Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive?
- Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
- 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'
- When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD
- Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers
News & Music Contributors
Fri September 13, 2013
Federal Judge Halts ‘Megaloads’ on Idaho Highway
A federal judge has halted so-called “megaload” traffic through a wild and scenic corridor in Idaho. The ruling issued Friday orders the Forest Service to close a section of highway to an Oregon company trying to move oil equipment to Canada.
The case deals with a route once traveled by Lewis and Clark, where the Nez Perce have ancestral land and still exercise treaty rights. Earlier this summer, the Forest Service said it couldn’t allow shipper Omega Morgan of Hillsboro, Ore., to move a two-story, slow-moving “megaload” on Highway 12. But when company started rolling anyway, forest officials didn't stop it.
Now, Judge B. Lynn Winmill is ordering the feds to stop the extra-large traffic. The federal judge in Boise sided with the Nez Perce Tribe and the environmental group, Idaho Rivers United. His order will remain in place until the Forest Service completes a study on the impact of the loads, in consultation with the tribe.
The decision could be a $5 million hit for the subsidiary of General Electric that owns the equipment, according to court filings. But Judge Winmill said the manufacturer knowingly put itself in the position of incurring losses when it decided not to wait for Forest Service approval.
The next load was scheduled to move Sept. 18.