Montana Judge Halts Mega-Loads


A District Court Judge has stopped the mega-loads from rolling through Montana.

Judge Ray Dayton of Montana's Fourth Judicial District in Missoula upheld a request to stop ExxonMobil's request to move more than 200 giant rigs through Montana and up to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

Dayton ruled that the Montana Department of Transportation was out of line in approving Exxon's mega-loads, and as a result, the judge granted a preliminary injunction against the MDT and ExxonMobil late yesterday. Dayton said that MDT had violated the Montana Environmental Policy Act by not performing a sufficient environmental assessment.

"As we've just received the judge's order, we'll need time to assess, understand and determine our next steps," said Pius Rolheiser, spokesman for ExxonMobil.

You can read the ruling here.