Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Highway 12 Spill Highlights Danger of Megaloads

Last week a tanker truck travelling along Idaho's Lochsa River crashed and spilled nearly 7500 gallons of diesel. Fortunately, it appears that none of the fuel made it into the river as the tanker crashed into a ditch which contained the spilled diesel. The Lochsa is a tributary of Idaho's Clearwater River and is an essential spawning tributary for threatened chinook and steelhead. While the river avoided catastrophe the crash adds fuel to an already fiery debate about the future of shipping along highway 12. Oil companies seeking to find affordable ways to transport equipment and fuel to the Alberta oil sands have proposed using the highway as a major shipping route. Locals however worry that shipping megaloads along the Wild and Scenic Lochsa would eventually result in a catastrophic spill or accident. More information about the crash in the Missoulan:

More information about the fight over the future of Highway 12 at Save our Wild Salmon:

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