Megaload resumes journey after tribal blockade
A massive shipment of oil refinery equipment has resumed its journey along U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho after protesters on the Nez Perce Reservation temporarily blocked it.
The Lewiston Tribune reports that a barrier of police vehicles kept protesters away from the load early Tuesday as it moved eastward on the highway near the Clearwater River Casino.
The state issued a permit last week allowing Omega Morgan to begin hauling two giant water purification units to an oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, despite fresh objections from federal forest managers and tribal leaders.
Nez Perce Tribal Chairman Silas Whitman said Monday night that collaboration and diplomacy have failed and tribal members would intercept the loads at the reservation line because the tribe is "tired of being pushed."
It's unclear if any arrests were made.
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