Hearing Examiner to ITD: Grant Permits for Mega-loads

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No word on when they might roll, but ConocoPhillips is a big step closer to moving mega-loads of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.

Tuesday, a special hearing examiner recommended to the Idaho Transportation Department to deny an effort to halt the transport.

A series of legal maneuvers culminated in a marathon hearing in Boise in November. Conoco has been trying to ship four massive coke drums from the Port of Lewiston across U.S. 12 to its refinery in Billings, Mont.

Refinery manager Steve Seach said late Tuesday that he's ready for the equipment to roll.

"We will soon put our plan into action, and we look forward to delivering the equipment to Billings safely so we can complete our important refinery maintenance plan," said Seach.

Opponents are huddling to determine their next step.

Read the full recommendation from Hearing Examiner Merlyn Clark.

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