Monday, September 19, 2011
ITD Director declines to hold third hearing on over legal loads on U.S. 12
Weyerhaeuser proposes moving 12 over-legal loads from the
in Port of Wilma across U.S. 12 to the Washington State border en route to its paper processing plant in Montana . The equipment will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The organization Friends of the Grande Prairie, Alberta requested a contested case hearing before issuance of the permits. Clearwater
Previously, contested case hearings were held on ExxonMobil's plan to use U.S. 12 to move equipment and ConocoPhillips' use of U.S. 12 to move equipment.
Two contested case hearings about moving over legal loads on U.S. 12 involving ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil have already been held. The two hearings generated 72 hours of testimony.
The two previous cases involved the same issues the Friends of the
now raises regarding Weyerhaeuser. The Friends of the Clearwater participated in the Imperial Oil hearing; Clearwater
Two different and independent hearing officers considered the same issues during each of the previous hearings;
After the previous hearings, the two independent hearing officers ruled on the issues and recommended issuing the permits; and
The law does not require nor allow a party to re-litigate issues and claims that have already been ruled upon by the appropriate authority.
“A third contested case hearing is not warranted. The facts and concerns raised in the petition have been fully considered in two separate hearings and resolved by hearing officers,”
Posted by ClearTrib at 4:30 PM