Friday, January 17, 2014

Megaload II moves to Salmon

Both large shipments remain stalled in Idaho

Express Staff Writer

     The second of two megaloads of oil production equipment that passed through southern Blaine County earlier this month was moved Tuesday night but remained stalled Wednesday evening on state Highway 28 just south of Salmon.

     The megaload, which passed through Timmerman Junction on U.S. Highway 20 on Jan. 7, was moved to just east of Arco that same night and had remained parked there until Tuesday.

Megaload III has not yet been started on its road journey and remained Thursday at Port of Umatilla in Oregon.

     Idaho State Police reported on Twitter Thursday that Megaload I remained parked Wednesday night just 10 miles from the Idaho-Montana border near Gibbonsville on state Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass. The load, which passed through Timmerman Junction early on Dec. 31, has been there for about two weeks, stalled first because of lack of a permit from the Montana Transportation Department and next because of wintry weather.

     Both shipments, the first two of three megaload shipments of tar sands oil production equipment, are bound for the Athabasca tar sands area of northeast Alberta, Canada.

     Megaload III has not yet been started on its road journey and remained Thursday at Port of Umatilla in Oregon.

     The Oregonian newspaper in Portland reported Wednesday that megaload shipper Omega Morgan initially expected that it would take about 20 days for the shipments to be moved through Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alberta on their journey to Athabasca. However, Megaload I has been on the road for a month and a half already.

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