Urgent: Contact the Montana Department of
Tar Sands "Megaload" on its Way to
A 900,000 pound megaload has just passed through
Pendleton, Oregon and is headed for Montana. The massive load’s final
destination is the tar sands in northern Alberta. The Montana Department of
Transportation (MDT) has not yet issued an oversize load permit to Omega-Morgan
to move their load through Montana.
We need you to contact MDT TODAY and
tell them not to issue a permit to Omega-Morgan!
The megaload would enter Montana at Lost Trail
Pass on U.S. Highway 93. It would then go through Lolo and Bonner and across the
Bitterroot Valley via U.S. Highway 200. Then it will cut up the Rocky Mountain
Front to the Canadian border.
The load will end up facilitating the
development of the Alberta tar sands—notorious for being “the most
environmentally destructive project on earth.” Tar sands extraction has
contaminated drinking water, increased cancer rates in nearby communities, and
destroyed thousands of acres of boreal forest.
Tar sands also accelerate
global climate disruption. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that
further development of the tar sands will add 24 million metric tons of CO2 into
the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 7
coal-fired power plants.
The travel route for this load
includes many dangerous two-lane highways that become treacherous during snowy
and icy conditions. Since the load arrived in the Port of Umatilla, Oregon it
has had to travel much slower than expected due to snow and bitter cold. It has
taken the load 5 days to go 44 miles!
How Do I Contact
MDT has an online comment form. Click on the “comment on a project”
circle on the left hand side. Indicate you are commenting on the pending
Omega-Morgan oversized load permit. You can write comments in the yellow box on
the right hand side.
- MDT should not issue a permit to Omega-Morgan to
transport the 900,000 pound load moving through Oregon and Idaho.
- Due to winter conditions and the load’s size, it
is not likely to meet Montana’s 10-minute rule required for oversize load
- Travel delays caused by this oversize load could
prevent Montana citizens from accessing critical emergency services.
- MDT should conduct detailed environmental
analysis and allow members of the public to comment before it even considers
issuing the permit to Omega-Morgan.
Thanks you for all
that you do!