A Hillsboro-based trucking company is hauling so-called “megaloads” of oil refinery equipment across Eastern Oregon and Idaho on the way towards the tar sands of Alberta, Canada. The company, Omega Morgan, hit the road Sunday night with the second of three loads. The first 450-ton, 380-foot-long megaload took three weeks to make it to Idaho, where it arrived on Monday.
Based on what happened with that first haul, Omega Morgan can expect the second load to be delayed by protesters as it follows the same route. Even though these large, lumbering shipments are only permitted to travel at night when traffic will be lightest, environmentalists, Nez Perce tribal members, and others have turned out to show their opposition to the shipment and to Canada’s petroleum-extraction procedures.
- Richard Read: Senior writer for The Oregonian