East Oregonian: DOJ Asks Judge To Dismiss Megaloads Petition

East Oregonian | April 3, 2014 4:47 a.m. | Updated: April 4, 2014 8:45 a.m.

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GEORGE PLAVEN

The Oregon Department of Justice is asking a Marion County Circuit Court judge to throw out a petition that would keep so-called “megaloads” off the road without increased public input.

Opponents of megaloads — massive shipments of oil refinery equipment bound for Canada’s tar sands — argue the Department of Transportation failed to consider public interest when it permitted three controversial loads that recently came through Eastern Oregon from the Port of Umatilla.

State law allows ODOT to issue variance permits for oversize loads “if it determines the public interest will be served.” Yet the department declined to hold public hearings, provide notice or opportunity to comment on the matter, according to the petition filed Feb. 11.

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