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40 Groups Write Northwest Lawmakers On Wide Loads

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Forty environmental groups told Northwest lawmakers they want a "full project assessment" of oil equipment transports through Idaho and Montana to tar sands in Alberta, Canada.

Exxon Mobil has proposed more than 200 oversized shipments weighing up to 300 tons starting this winter from the inland port city of Lewiston along a narrow mountain highway on their way to the Kearl Oil Sands.

The groups including Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited on Wednesday wrote U.S. senators from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana contending Exxon's project will harm
people, towns, economies and environments in those states.

Many of the organizations oppose the shipments along U.S. Highway 12 that runs parallel to Idaho's Clearwater and Lochsa rivers.

They fear a "permanent high and wide corridor" through the Northwest.
      
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