ExxonMobil Mega-load, Parked Since Tuesday, Should Roll Tonight

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Citydesk visited a familiar site Sunday...far from the city: a mega-load sitting alongside U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho. Here's the ExxonMobil "test" load, three stories tall, 24 feet wide and almost 250 feet long. All in, it's 490,000 pounds.

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The rig has been parked just outside Kamiah since last Tuesday. The first leg of its three-day roll across Idaho ran into a bit of trouble: breaking a large tree limb and snapping a power line, causing an outage to nearly 1,700 residents. ExxonMobil and its mover, Mammoet, worked through the week on what they call "a corrective action plan." The mega-load is expected to move again late tonight or early Tuesday.

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil got some mixed news from a Montana judge today. District Judge Ray Dayton allowed the test mega-load to travel from Idaho into Montana, but has temporarily blocked the burial of any utility lines or work on turnouts that would be required for the oil giant to haul its equipment through Montana before heading north to the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. Three conservation groups had filed suit against Montana's Department of Transportation, arguing that the agency did not adequately consider the environmental effects of transporting the equipment.

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