Mega-load Opponents will Oppose Conoco Shipments No More

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Following months of legal challenges and high-profile opposition, a group of Central Idaho residents have decided they will no longer challenge the massive ConocoPhillips mega-loads from traveling across U.S. Highway 12.

Husband and wife Linwood Laughy and Borg Hendrickson said late Thursday they do not intend to file a further legal appeal of the shipments, scheduled to roll on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Laughy said they will not attempt to block or disrupt the mega-loads in any way.

"We think it's important for local residents to understand exactly how massive these shipments are," said Laughy. "But we do not suggest that anyone attempt to interfere with them."

The pair said they will instead focus attention on the hundreds of mega-loads planned by ExxonMobil, proposed to roll across the same route, but to continue up to the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada.