New Hearings on Mega-Loads Slated For Dec. 8, 9

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The Idaho Transportation Department isn't wasting any time to schedule a formal contested case hearing in the mega-loads case.

Late Monday, ITD Director Brian Ness scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 to hear arguments for and against a proposal from ConocoPhillips to ship four giant loads of oil equipment across Idaho's U.S. Highway 12.

Last week, special hearing officer Merlyn Clark recommended that opponents have a formal opportunity to state their case against the mega-loads.

"I have reviewed and accept the decision," said Ness. "We should proceed with a contested case hearing on the issue."

The hearing is scheduled to be held in Boise.