A "final" decision on whether mega-loads can roll across central Idaho is expected sometime next week, though anyone following the melodrama knows that the word "final" has been used before.
Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, is waiting for the formal 14 days to pass since receiving an opinion from hearing officer Merlyn Clark that stated that the ITD was within its boundaries to proceed.
Laird Lucas, of Advocates of the West and an attorney for opponents to the mega-loads, told Citydesk that he expected to file a formal challenge to Clark's opinion.
Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips anxiously awaits an opportunity to move two massive coke drums (divided into four separate loads) from the Port of Lewiston, across U.S. Highway 12, and on to its refinery in Billings, Mont. Already, the issue has been argued before Idaho district court, the Idaho State Supreme Court and twice before Clark in marathon hearings.
Waiting in the wings: ExxonMobil which wants to ship more than 200 mega-loads across the same stretch of Idaho and up to a processing plant at the Kearl Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada.