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Advocates for the West finalizes a settlement restricting mega-loads on the Clearwater-Lochsa Wild & Scenic River corridor!

Friday, January 27 – 2017
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Settlement Restricts Mega-Loads on Hwy 12!

Advocates for the West is thrilled to announce we just finalized a settlement agreement with the U.S. Forest Service restricting mega-load shipments on U.S. Highway 12 to protect the Lochsa and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic Rivers!
 
The settlement resolves a 2013 federal court lawsuit that we filed for Idaho Rivers United, along with the Nez Perce Tribe. Public protests of megaloads on Hwy 12 resulted in arrests of the entire Nez Perce Tribe leadership in August 2013, leading to the lawsuit and a federal court injunction ordering the Forest Service to close Hwy 12 to further megaloads until it studied their impacts on the Wild and Scenic River corridor and consulted with the Tribe.
 
We have been in federal court mediation since then, while the Forest Service conducted a corridor study and Tribal consultation. Based on overwhelming public concern, the Forest Service agreed that megaloads should be prohibited from Highway 12 in the Wild and Scenic corridor – and yesterday sent a letter to Idaho Transportation Department with its conclusions.
 
"Advocates for the West has been fighting megaloads on Highway 12 since 2010,” said Laird J. Lucas, Executive Director. “Through the tremendous assistance of the U.S. Court of Appeals’ mediation office, all involved were able to find common ground on the need to protect the Wild and Scenic corridor into the future. I take heart in knowing that this jewel of the West will remain a treasured and protected landscape.” 
Grassroots Routs Goliath
By Linwood Laughy & Borg Hendrickson

In spring of 2010, fifteen Upper Clearwater Valley friends gathered in concern for their safety, their homes and businesses, and the beautiful, wild place they love —the Lochsa-Clearwater Wild & Scenic River corridor.

With full support of Idaho’s state government, a Canadian subsidiary of ExxonMobil, Imperial Oil, intended to transform the corridor’s winding Highway 12 into a permanent heavy-haul truck route for gargantuan “mega-loads” of Asian-built equipment headed for the Alberta tar sands. (Read More...)

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