Mega-loads opponents filed an "exception" late yesterday asking Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, to reject recommendations from a state hearing officer to allow more than 200 ExxonMobil loads to roll across Central Idaho. The exception asks Ness to send the matter back to ITD's motor vehicles administrator for further review. The petitioners, Lin Laughy and Borg Hendrickson, live along U.S. 12 where Exxon hopes to move its rigs on their way to Montana and up to the Kearl Oil Sands project in Alberta, Canada.
Opponents claim the hearing office applied incorrect standards in his evaluation of the original petition to halt the mega-loads.
"The hearing officer's findings, conclusions and recommendations must be rejected, first, because the hearing officer evaluated ITD's consideration of safety and convenience by comparing the mega-loads to normal commercial traffic," argued the petitioners.
You can read the full petitioners' exceptions here.
In tomorrow's BW, we talk to two representatives from Drive Our Economy, proponents of mega-loads rolling through Idaho.