The heavy haul is scheduled to begin next week, with the first of four oversized loads belonging to ConocoPhillips set to depart the Port of Lewiston en route to the company's refinery in Billings. And today, Fighting Goliath announced it does not intend to continue its legal battle against the Idaho Transportation Department's (ITD) approval of oversized load permits. The group of Idaho residents, mostly from the Highway 12 corridor, have kept ConocoPhillips and ITD in a tangle of litigation since last summer with contested hearings and appeals meant to stall the loads at the port.
“We are proud of the work we have done over the last 10 months helping educate our friends and neighbors about the threats that hundreds of megaloads pose for the communities of the Highway 12 corridor,” Karen “Borg” Hendrickson, one of the founders of Fighting Goliath, said in a release this afternoon. “We now want to move past the Conoco shipments, and focus attention on the hundreds of mega-loads planned by ExxonMobil and Canada’s Imperial Oil, the Korea National Oil Corporation (Harvest Energy), Shell Canada and others companies that seek to use Highway 12 as a ‘high and wide’ corridor to transport overseas equipment to the Alberta tar sands.”