to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The Port of Lewiston and Idaho Transportation Department are quietly
smoothing the way for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil Canada to transport 207,
510,000-pound trailer/truck/loads across Idaho on Highway 12 in a 2010-2011,
9-month period. Port personnel publicly noted, “…many other companies will
follow their lead.”
The Edmonton, Alberta, Journal reports that Sungjin Geotec
of South Korea received $250 million for production of these modules and
expect to receive future orders from ExxonMobil Canada totaling $1.5 billion.
Assumedly, that would lead to hundreds more mega-loads shipped along Highway
12 by just ExxonMobil.
Idahoans will subsidize these shipments in longterm highway repairs
and upkeep on State Police escort vehicles.
The Highway 12 corridor is an incredibly beautiful Idaho
asset. The United States Department of Transportation named it our nation’s
“Northwest Passage Scenic Byway “ and one of only 27 All-American Highways.
It is listed among 10 top scenic drives in the Northern Rockies. Its beauty
is the key reason travel/tourism remains the single growing industry in
north central Idaho. If Highway 12 becomes permanently recharacterized
as a mega-load industrial truck route, the rural people of Highway 12 will
We need our state government to stand up for us…now.
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