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Coalition Hails Ness Decision on U.S. 12 Permits: Predicts Further Stall Tactics by Activists

Washington Leaders Say Yes to Oversize Shipping: Washington state businesses, workers applaud proposed state transportation project

Drive Our Economy Members Urge Residents, Leaders to Redouble Efforts to Protect Regional Commerce: Business Group: Regional transportation decisions should be made by locals, not outsiders

Drive Our Economy Praises Shipments’ Transport from Lewiston: After Losing Countless Court Battles, Opponents Turn Once Again to Protests in Fight Over North American Energy Production

First the Economy, Now the Capitol: Radical Environmentalist Assault on Montana Way of Life Intensifies

Drive Our Economy Calls Ruling on Oversized Trucking A Victory for Commerce, Boon for Idaho Economy

Despite Council Decision, Moscow Casts About for Reason to Oppose Commerce on US 95

Frivolous legal challenge risks $87 million for Montana: Opponents of Kearl shipments out of touch with Montanans

ITD Contested Case Hearing Exposed Transportation Opponents’ Arguments as Meritless: Endless administrative and legal challenges costing the state tens of millions in lost revenue, economic opportunity and new jobs

Drive Our Economy Hails Success of Test Module: Test Run Demonstrated Professionalism in Planning and Execution of Highway 12 Transportation Plan, Helped Make Project Even Safer

Timely Idaho Appeal Process Critical to Local Economy: Contested Case Hearing will Determine Whether Transportation and Commerce are Regulated by Established Rules and Regulations or Protests and Activists

Otter Signs Bill Requiring Oversize Permit Challengers to Post Security Bond

Drive Our Economy Task Force applauds permit approval for Highway 12 Investment Plan: ITD Issues Oversized Permits for Highway 12 Loads

Transportation Department’s Green Light for Shipments Green Lights Local Investment: Permitting decision opens Highway 12, clears path for influx of jobs, capital to region

Delay in Oversized Shipments Carries $80 Million Downside: Drive Our Economy task force cautions against costly obstruction in permitting process

More Idaho Groups Join Drive Our Economy Task Force: As ITD hearing proceeds, support for oversize loads grows

New Task Force Works to Protect $80 Million of Local Economic Activity: Launch of Drive Our Economy signals collaboration of local business, contractor, agriculture, and community organizations

Videos

“Lewiston mayor: megaloads mean jobs,” KLEW Lewiston, by Zach Whitney

“Big loads may soon roll through Montana,” KRTV Great Falls News

Articles

Lewiston Morning Tribune, “Lewiston’s mayor says city backs megaloads,” by Elaine Williams

Lewiston’s mayor weighed in on megaloads Wednesday, announcing the city supports them at a meeting of the Idaho Transportation Board.

The Missoulian, “County lawsuit a rash move: Commissioners’ complaint over megaload transport on Montana highways will hurt taxpayers – win or lose,” Editorial

Perhaps Missoula’s county commissioners just got caught up in the drama of the ongoing big rig controversy when they voted to join the lawsuit against the Montana Department of Transportation. Their decision to join the lawsuit certainly seems overly dramatic – as well as unnecessarily costly and ultimately meaningless.

KPAX, “Megaloads have a large impact on local economy,” by Mark Holyoak

MISSOULA – Protesters tried to stop it even as state officials planned for it, and now it’s almost here.

AP, “Megaload boosts some northern Idaho businesses,” by Elaine Williams

KOOSKIA, ID – Huckleberry sourdough pancakes, cigarettes and bulbs for strobe lights are among the purchases megaload crew members are making as the oversized cargo rolls through Idaho.

Kooskia was bustling on Thursday, just after the arrival of half a coke drum bound for a ConocoPhillips refinery in Billings, Mont. The first four days of a three-week journey are on U.S. Highway 12.

KECI (NBC-Montana), “Results For Question of the Week January 28, 2011”

Should big rigs be allowed to transport oil equipment down Highway 12 through Idaho and Montana?

We had 2724 viewers participate in the survey, 77% we for the big rigs transporting oil equipment and 23% were against.

Helena Independent Record, “Most say yes to allowing megaloads”

This week’s Question of the Week drew a number of thoughtful comments from readers in Montana, as well as some in Idaho and Alberta, all of whom weighed in on the question of whether the Montana Department of Transportation should allow 207 supersized loads of industrial equipment to traverse the state’s highways en route from Idaho to the oil sands of Alberta.

The Missoulian, “Big rigs not new to Missoula, Highway 12,” by Gwen Florio

Big rigs?

Big deal.

That was the attitude, at least, nearly 30 years ago when megaloads first rolled through Missoula. Other than a few sightseers, nobody really seemed to care, as Shirley Marshall recalls it.

Boise Weekly, “Transportation Plan for Mega-loads is Heavy Reading,” by George Prentice

ConocoPhillips’ Transportation Plan to move four mega-loads? Seven hundred pages.

“Let’s just say it’s extremely detailed,” Adam Rush, Idaho Transportation Dept. spokesman, told Citydesk.

Missoulian, “Get the facts, oversized loads are plenty safe,” by Mark Moberly

Most Montanans have heard by now about proposals to ship oversized loads through Montana to support our state’s energy needs.

However it’s been frustratingly difficult to sort out the facts about those shipments from media accounts. For instance, at a forum sponsored by a local environmental group recently, several residents painted a picture of gloom and doom should the shipments be allowed. Yet, earlier this month in neighboring Idaho, an independent administrative hearing confirmed that the shipments are safe and the planning process used by the state of Idaho to review the shipments was thorough – ensuring the shipments would not harm the environment, roads or people. With these two conclusions so different, I’d say it’s time we took an honest look at just the facts.

Helena Independent Record, “Safety not an issue with oil sands loads,” by Mark Moberly

Most Montanans have heard by now about proposals to ship oversize loads through Montana to support our state’s energy needs. However it’s been difficult to sort out the facts about those shipments from media accounts. For instance, at a forum sponsored by a local environmental group recently, several residents painted a picture of gloom and doom should the shipments be allowed. Yet, earlier this month in neighboring Idaho, an independent administrative hearing confirmed that the shipments are safe and the planning process used by the state of Idaho to review the shipments was thorough — ensuring the shipments would not harm the environment, roads or people. With these conclusions so different, I’d say it’s time we took an honest look at just the facts.

Lewiston Morning Tribune, “Statewide survey supports megaloads on U.S. 12”

BOISE – A majority of Idahoans, including those residing in four north central Idaho counties, believe megaloads should be allowed to travel on U.S. Highway 12.

Idaho Reporter, “Survey suggests most Highway 12 residents fine with mega-loads,” by Jay Patrick

The people have spoken and they say bring on the mega-loads.

The Spokesman Review, “Biz group says poll shows megaloads support,” by Betsy Russell

Drive Our Economy,” a business group in Idaho and Montana that backs megaload shipments on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, released a poll today that it says shows Idahoans back the megaloads too, including those who live near the route.

Bloomberg.com,Idaho official signs off on megaloads permits” by Todd Dvorak

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness has agreed to issue travel permits that would allow oil giant ConocoPhillips to begin hauling as early as next week large oil refinery machinery along a winding and scenic stretch of U.S. Highway 12.

The Associated Press, “Review OKs application process for mega-loads,” by John Miller

BOISE – A hearing officer recommended Tuesday that the Idaho Transportation Department issue four permits to allow ConocoPhillips to ship oversized oil-refinery equipment from Idaho to Montana.

The Missoulian, “Big rig’s opportunity is knocking; Montana needs to answer,” by Erik Iverson, President of the Montana Business Leadership Council

Last week’s hearing in Boise regarding ConocoPhillips’ permit requests to ship refinery equipment through Idaho and Montana to Billings provides an opportunity to demonstrate our state’s commitment to new jobs and our willingness to partner with businesses interested in investing here.

Montana WatchDog, “Mega load shipments of oil get support from groups and governor,” by Dustin Hurst

Groups are lining up to support some shipments of large oil equipment scheduled to travel through Idaho to Billings and Alberta, Canada,  and they are getting help from a high-profile figure.  Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana is officially backing the shipments. The Democrat agrees the large loads will mean economic growth, according to the website Idaho Reporter.

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