Two 255-foot-long water purification units bound for energy projects in Alberta's oil sands have arrived at a Snake River port in Washington and await transport along a disputed mountain corridor through Idaho and Montana.
But the Spokesman Review (http://tinyurl.com/pgqebue ) reports the ultimate route is unclear, since approval of the oversized "megaload" shipments on U.S. Highway 12 is uncertain.
A heavy equipment hauler wants the Idaho Transportation Department's go-ahead for moving the giant units at night.
But the U.S. Forest Service is discussing the permitting process with the Idaho Transportation Department. This year, a federal judge gave the Forest Service significant control over the shipments.
Environmentalists want to block the loads.
Previous megaloads were transported via U.S. Interstate 90, but these latest shipments are too tall for that route's overpasses.
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