AG's Office to Brief ITD on Halt of Oil Shipments


Officials with the Idaho Transportation Department are expected to be briefed Wednesday by a deputy attorney general on Tuesday's ruling stalling mega-loads from rolling across U.S. Highway 12.


Late Aug. 24, 2nd District Judge John Bradbury slapped the the ITD for what he called "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion," in its decision to permit ConocoPhillips to move four giant loads of oil refinery equipment from the Port of Lewiston across U.S. 12 and into Montana.

In his ruling, Bradbury expressed concern for a possible breakdown.

"ITD's failure to address the inevitable accident that could shut down Highway 12 for days or weeks overlooks the quintessential disaster and its effects on the users of Highway 12 that Emmert [the hauling company] itself forecasts as possible," Bradbury wrote.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred weighed in on the ruling, saying it "confirms my point that we have had inadequate answers to important questions on this project."

While Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has called for a $10 million bond for the transport, he has repeatedly said that the project had been properly vetted.