Hearing on Shipments Across U.S. 12 Delayed Until Monday

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It will now be Monday, Aug. 23, before a hearing can be held to consider an temporary restraining order, blocking four massive shipments of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12.

Second District Judge John Bradbury decided to move the hearing to Lewiston on Monday, rather than the previously scheduled Friday, Aug. 20, hearing in Grangeville. Advocates for the West, representing three private Central Idaho citizens filed suit this week to block the transit of four loads of Conoco Phillips equipment from the port of Lewiston across U.S. 12 and up to Billings, Mont.

Bradbury rejected a motion to the Idaho Department of Transportation to recuse himself from the case. But he also granted Conoco's request to intervene in the hearing. Bradbury agreed to delay the hearing while ITD and Conoco submit record materials to the court.