20 Mega-Loads Now Sit at Port of Lewiston


The Idaho Supreme Court hasn't even ruled on whether four ConocoPhillips mega-loads can be transported across Central Idaho, yet ExxonMobil continues to ship more of its massive oil modules to the Port of Lewiston.


Eight more T-Rex-sized, Korean-made loads arrived at the Port of Lewiston Sunday, bringing the number of modules parked along the banks of the Clearwater to 16. ExxonMobil wants to truck its mega-loads across U.S. Highway 12, into Montana and up to the Kearl Oil Sands project in Alberta, Canada.

If given the green light, the Conoco loads would be driven to the oil giant's Billings, Mont., refinery.

Officials at the Port of Lewiston told Citydesk they expect up to 40 ExxonMobil modules to arrive by December. That's when the Snake and Columbia river system will be closed for 14 weeks of repairs to the lock system that connects Idaho to the Pacific Ocean.