Nightly protests on Idaho's Highway 12 delayed but did not stop a huge piece of oil equipment crossing the state. The so-called “megaload” passed through a scenic river corridor and entered Montana on Friday.
Now, the Nez Perce Tribe is asking a federal judge to prevent more extra-large shipments.
The tribe and Idaho Rivers United are suing the U.S. Forest Service for not stopping the enormous truck load. The narrow, twisty highway route passes through the tribe's reservation and a federally protected corridor that contains many tribal religious and cultural sites.
The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.