Idaho Roads Agency Appeals Wide-loads Ruling

By Beacon Staff

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court has granted a request to speed the appeal of a judge’s decision to halt four oversized shipments of oil equipment along a scenic, curvy highway across northern Idaho.

The justices scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in a case involving ConocoPhillips and the Idaho Transportation Department.

Earlier this month, 2nd District Judge John Bradbury revoked trucking permits after finding the state failed to consider public safety and convenience in its review the travel proposal.

ConcoPhillips appealed, claiming it stands to lose up to $9 million in the delay. ITD also filed its appeal Monday, arguing it adequately considered safety along U.S. Highway 12.

Environmental groups and others oppose ConocoPhillips shipments and more than 200 separate, planned wide-load transports by Exxon Mobile Corp. bound for Canada later this year.