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A “major industrial corridor” runs through it

More bad publicity in the U.S. for Alberta’s oil sands


Protests are mounting over proposals from big oil companies to turn narrow highways running through wilderness country in Idaho and Montana into shipping routes for huge oil drum and other equipment bound north to the oil sands of Alberta. One of the routes runs along the Blackfoot River, setting of Norman Maclean’s beloved novel of father-son angst and excellent fly-fishing, A River Runs Through It. “We’re transforming a wild and scenic byway into a major industrial corridor without even telling anybody,” said Laird Lucas, executive director of a group called Advocates for the West. A lawsuit to overturn permits to ship heavy oil development gear along one of the wilderness highways will be heard by the Idaho Supreme Court on Oct. 1.

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A “major industrial corridor” runs through it

  1. They are shipping heavy oil equipment and heavy oil drums, but there isn't any heavy oil actually in them. There is ZERO risk of environmental damage from transporting un-used equipment on highways. It happens all the time.

    Just how badly does the environmental movement in the US want to completely strip the USA and other areas of an vestage of higher skilled manufacturing capacity? What do they think people will do for jobs? Start NGOs?

    • If one of these monstrosities does wreck and go into the river, there isn't a crane large enough to lift it out unless it is trucked in from Colorado. And these trucks do run on gas, oil, transmission fluid and other goodies that will be in the river in the event of a wreck.

      Those monstrosities have no business on winding, two-lane, mountain highways where the most lucrative industry is tourism. It is being forced on Idaho Tax payers, Montana tax payers us that pay for the roads. It was forced on the Nez Perce Tribe – nobody was asked. And what jobs will it create?

  2. It isn't a monstrosity. It is a piece of industrial equipment. As to your list of potential contamminants, those are present in almost all vehicles. You would ban those, too?

    Almost everything that sustains your life and the life of those you know and love was trucked in from somewhere else. The equipment was made by, wait for it, workers. A worker is someone with a job. If you don't like the produce of American workers exporting to Canada over the roads, I'm OK with those jobs being located in Alberta and Western Canada.
    And it isn't being forced onto the tax payers, because the tax payers, via their representatives in government set up the highways for transporting people and things.
    The people in the Nez Perce Tribe are probably very nice. I wish them well. Could you provide a link to the date that they gained veto power over the state legislature?

    • If one of these monstrosities does wreck and go into the river, there isn't a crane large enough to lift it out unless it is trucked in from Colorado. And these trucks do run on gas, oil, transmission fluid and other goodies that will be in the river in the event of a wreck.

      There is an established route for over-sized equipment through the middle of the US. It just costs the gas company more because it probably provides more jobs. Highway 12 is a transportation route, but not for high and wide.

      And we, the tax payers, were not asked to comment on this project. Are you saying that representatives never do things there constituents don't want?

      Oh and buy local!

      • What would I be able to buy in your locality? Jam? Beef jerky? Dried mushrooms? All lovely things, DGMW, but I don't need jam. I need industrial monstrosities. I'd buy them locally (and do), but everybody is so busy trying to keep up with the demand, I am forced to look elsewhere.
        You see, there are so many people driving SUVs in the USA, over their transportation corridors, that we, here in Canada, are really scrambling to keep up with the demand for our oil. We are rushing about with buckets and what not to catch all the cash thats pouring in. Frankly, I don't think the USA will be able to pay for it over the long run. They are making less and less that other people can trade with them because somebody got this bright idea that you could have an advanced economy without making anything advanced.

        Maybe they will have pretty streams to go an look at. If they can afford the gas.

    • So the roar of trucks and tankers going through won't effect wildlife? Your very cynical, people just want their conservation land left alone and they have a right not to want these things passing through it. The people run the country not industry.

      • You are mistaken on every one of your points.

  3. The US is a much diminished country.

  4. Virtually every product we use has products which are by products of oil in them from – paints, plastics, heat treatment of metals, besides the obvious lubrication oils. Then can I suggest you all stop using your cars, washing machines, dryers, televisions , may be return them to the stores and start living the very simple life you that you all obviously desire.
    Tourists need oil in there vehicles to bring them to your part of the community and this in turn brings more cash into your local economy.
    We could of course import the oil and keep more workers on the dole again nobody benefits from that. Its an over simplification to just focus on dirty oil sands processing. Take away your modern appliances and these people would soon change there opinions.