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Judi Lynn

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Fri Sep 13, 2013, 10:23 PM Sep 2013

Judge halts shipment on Idaho road of giant tar sands equipment [View all]

Source: Reuters

Judge halts shipment on Idaho road of giant tar sands equipment
Source: Reuters - Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:31 PM
By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho, Sept 13 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a shipment of massive oil field equipment from traversing a scenic Idaho roadway that cuts through the homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe and runs alongside two federally protected rivers.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill halted next week's planned shipment on U.S. Highway 12 of an oversized water treatment system destined for Canadian tar sands in a decision handed down late Thursday.

He also ordered the U.S. Forest Service to ban the so-called megaload on the 100 miles (161 km) of roadway that crosses national forest lands in Idaho until the agency has conducted a study of environmental, economic and tribal impacts.

The temporary injunction against the shipment of equipment owned by a General Electric Co subsidiary is the latest development in a three-year battle by Native Americans and environmentalists to protect a route in Idaho that follows a historic trail broken by early Nez Perce bison hunters.

Read more: http://www.trust.org/item/20130913232339-hsw99/?source=search

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