UPDATED: Saturday Aug. 27 5:00 p.m.
Idaho State Police told Citydesk that three more mega-load protesters were arrested Saturday morning in Coeur d'Alene. That brings to nine the number of persons taken into custody, expressing their displeasure of the oversized rigs, heading for the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.
ORIGINAL POST: Friday, Aug 26
Six people were arrested early today, protesting mega-loads as the huge rigs rolled through their Latah County community. The six, members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide, took part in a larger protest which saw several people lie down in the middle of Washington Street in Moscow as scaled-down ExxonMobil mega-loads rolled on Highway 95 toward Coeur d'Alene before heading east on I-90 and north to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.
The Moscow Daily News reported that counter-protesters also showed up to express support for the mega-loads.
Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney, not a fan of the mega-loads, said she was happy that the protest was successful.
"I thought the protest was peaceful and powerful," said Chaney. "I think law enforcement, from my observations, handled it well."
While Exxon continues to wait for approval to move nearly 200 mega-loads along its initial route of choice, U.S. 12, two other giant rigs have been given the OK by the Idaho Dept. of Transportation to roll along U.S. 12. Two shipments, one weighing more than 400,000 pounds. are expected to move from Clarkston, Washington to a Weyerhauser pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. The first mega-load is expected to move early Monday, Aug. 29.