Final Three Mega-Loads (At Least For Now) Roll Tonight

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Tonight marks a milestone in the saga of the Idaho mega-loads.

In early 2010, BW first began telling you about ExxonMobil's plans to haul giant rigs of oil equipment across the Pacific Ocean from South Korea, up the Columbia River, through the Port of Lewiston and slowly across Idaho highways hugging the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers along U.S. Highway 12.

When most northern Idaho citizens first got wind of the plans in June 2010, they began pushing back, taking big oil and the Idaho Department of Transportation through legal tussles in front of District Courts, the Idaho Supreme Court and lengthy IDOT hearings.

Eventually, ExxonMobil changed its plans by breaking down the giant rigs into "scaled-down" versions of mega-loads so that they could take an alternate route, along Highway 95 through Lewiston, Moscow and Coeur d'Alene before heading east and then north to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

Tonight, ExxonMobil sends the last of its planned (at least for now) shipments from the Port of Lewiston.

The environmentalist group Wild Idaho Rising is expected to protest the shipments as they roll through north Idaho this evening.

Tonight's three loads are approximately 15 feet tall and weigh more than 200,000 pounds each.

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