Idaho megaloads case to wait until after Christmas

LEWISTON -- The Idaho Transportation Department says a recommendation in the ConocoPhillips megaloads case has been postponed until after Christmas.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that no date has been set for the recommendation being prepared by mediator Merlyn Clark, a Boise attorney.

His recommendation to ITD will help the agency decide if it should issue permits to ConocoPhillips.

ConocoPhillips wants to haul two very large drums that have been split in half to a Billings refinery from the Port of Lewiston.

The ConocoPhillips megaloads would be the heaviest trucks ever to use Highway 12 and would take up both lanes of traffic.

ExxonMobil plans to send 207 megaloads on the same highway next year, destined to move through Montana to the Canadian oil sands.