Emmmert International is footing the bill to use Idaho State Police as escorts for the ConocoPhillips mega-load transport, but Idaho lawmakers still have to give their authorization. Emmert is the company contracted by Conoco to haul four massive pieces of oil equipment from the Port of Lewiston to its Billings, Mont., refinery using U.S. Highway 12.
Today, the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved $41,000 for overtime and associated costs for Idaho troopers to accompany the mega-loads. While Emmert is responsible for payment, the Legislature must give its OK for ISP to receive and spend the money.
The second of the four mega-loads is still parked just outside of Kooskia. Weather delays have kept the giant load there for three days. Conoco announced today that it hopes to roll again tonight at 10 p.m., weather permitting.