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GE unit appeals Idaho judge's megaloads ruling

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 24 2013 09:04:05 AM MDT
Megaload makes its way through Montana
BOISE, Idaho -

A General Electric Co. subsidiary wants a federal judge to reconsider this month's ruling blocking it from trucking giant oil-field equipment on a winding Idaho highway.
The company Monday filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in Boise, saying Judge B. Lynn Winmill committed "serious errors of law and fact" when he blocked its so-called megaload from traveling U.S. Highway 12's federally-designated Wild and Scenic River corridor.
Winmill halted the shipments, at least until managers Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest managers assess impacts of the 225-foot-long, 640,000-pound water evaporator on the route before consulting with Nez Perce Tribe over its concerns.
The GE unit, which has said it could lose millions if its equipment doesn't arrive at northern Alberta's tar sands on schedule, says it's facing "imminent and continuing irreparable harm."