Hearing Officer: Mega-load Opponents Deserve a Full Public Hearing


Opponents of mega-loads won a battle late Wednesday. The ultimate issue of whether ConocoPhillips will be allowed to haul four giant pieces of oil refinery equipment across Idaho's U.S. Highway 12 is still to be considered, but a specially appointed hearing officer is recommending to the Idaho Transportation Department that opponents deserve, and should be granted, a full public hearing on the matter.


Hearing officer Merlyn Clark presided over a special hearing on Nov. 19 where attorneys representing Conoco and ITD argued that they should be allowed to proceed with a permit to allow the mega-loads to crawl across U.S. 12. But Laird Lucas of Advocates for the West told Citydesk late today, "In short, we won."