Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

Apr 4, 2014
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon. Opponents of the massive big-rigs are taking their objections to court.

Two large pieces of oil equipment crossing the Northwest are expected to start moving again after the New Year's holiday.

Jessica Robinson

The huge piece of oil equipment wending its way through eastern Oregon is expected to cross over into Idaho early Saturday. Meanwhile, another so-called “megaload” project has emerged farther north. The proposed extra-heavy haul is making some homeowners nervous in a north Idaho resort town in Coeur d'Alene.

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

Anna King

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. Protesters tried to stop the shipment by getting in the way. But the so-called megaload rumbled forward, on its journey through Oregon and Idaho.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A subsidiary of General Electric says it’s looking for alternative options for moving huge water purification equipment from the Northwest to Alberta, Canada. A route through the middle of Idaho turned into a legal battle with the Nez Perce Tribe. But options appear to be limited.

A federal judge has halted so-called "megaload" traffic through a wild and scenic corridor in Idaho.

Nightly protests on Idaho's Highway 12 delayed but did not stop a huge piece of oil equipment crossing the state. The so-called “megaload” passed through a scenic river corridor and entered Montana on Friday.

Now, the Nez Perce Tribe is asking a federal judge to prevent more extra-large shipments.

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For nearly two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

The head of the Nez Perce Tribe says he's "shocked" by the "audacity" of an Oregon shipper that plans to haul extra-large loads through a protected stretch of Idaho. The company says it will start moving a so-called "megaload" Monday night. That’s despite the fact that it doesn't have approval from the U.S. Forest Service.