More Arrests As Nez Perce Tribe Continues Mega-Load Protest

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One day after 20 people, including eight members of the Nez Perce Tribe were arrested for attempting to blockade a mega-load shipment from crossing into tribal land, law enforcement arrested two more people early this morning as the mega-load continued to inch across U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.

At one point, a witness said the giant shipment—being hauled by Oregon-based Omega Morgan across Idaho and into Montana before heading north to the Tar Sands Project in Alberta, Canada—was moving "slower than people could walk."

At one point early today, protesters tossed rocks into the road in front of the mega-load, but law enforcement and Omega Morgan crews quickly removed the rocks before the shipment approached. More than 100 protesters stood alongside U.S. 12 this morning, causing a two hour-plus delay. As many as 40 law enforcement officers responded to the scene.

Initially, Omega Morgan had hoped to move the first of ten mega-loads to the Montana state line by Aug. 8, but it will now be Aug. 9 at the earliest when the rig reaches the state line.

A permit granted to Omega Morgan from the Idaho Transportation Department allows the hauler to move the mega-load, which regularly blocks two lanes of traffic through the winding Wild and Scenic Corridor, only at night, usually wrapping for the day before sunrise.