Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:15am to 11:00am
The latest on the latest round of megaloads rumbling through the Northwest
The oil industry has targeted the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies as the most direct shipping route to move heavy equipment to Tar Sands operations in Northeastern Alberta. Since 2010 megaloads of enormous mining equipment have rumbled over winding mountain river corridors through Oregon, Idaho and Montana. One of the first groups to bring attention to the megaloads was Wild Idaho Rising Tide, who is now trying to stop the longest and widest megaload yet. This industrial transport is heading up Highway 95 through Idaho to the Montana Refining Company in Great Falls. Montana, which is processing Canadian bitumen into transportation fuels for U.S. markets.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Helen Yost, a spokesperson for Wild Idaho Rising Tide, about her organization’s campaign against the megaloads, and what 's happening with these latest shipments. Helen, welcome to Locus Focus.