Does that US company have a way to do it without removing or disturbing the vegetation that lies many feet thick over the oil shale and whatever underground water channels the vegetation depends on? If not, then it is not a comprehensive enough solution, and anyway petroleum is still not sustainable or renewable. Better to spend our resources developing sustainable and renewable energy sources.
I've lived in northern Idaho for more than thirty years, and I have a lot more than twelve friends, all of whom are against the loads. I would love to see someone who really knows how to poke follow the money trail on this one.
All Big Oil knows how to do is take. They have built fabulous fortunes taking. Anyone who thinks there is some big benefit for Idaho in this plan that will tear up our roads, inconvenience our travel and that of the tourists many people in the area depend on for their living, delay emergency services when seconds count, deprive Canadians and Americans of skilled jobs, and put some of our most beautiful wildlands at risk is either naive or getting paybacks under the table, which is all too easy to accomplish when it comes to these closed-door arrangements.
I have lived in northern Idaho for more than thirty years, have far more than 12 friends, and all of them are against this attack on one of the most beautiful parts of the state. Personally, I not only think we should deny the loads, I think whoever made the precipitous decision to move on this should be responsible for returning the highway to its original condition.
I do appreciate having such a well-written article that covers many sides of the issue.
Well-written piece, and it's good to hear about the Texas experience. If those oil companies were so concerned about local and national economies, they would be keeping the skilled construction and manufacturing jobs here instead of sending skilled jobs to Korea and other places so they can shave a few bucks more profit while trashing Idaho and Montana roads and countryside to get it. They are not altruists, and they will take out more than they put in every chance they get, including when it comes to road and environmental damage.
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