Omega Morgan’s load of evaporators passed into Montana early this morning, climbing over Lolo Pass through another night of protests.
Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe filed a joint lawsuit in federal court in Boise late Thursday as the huge shipment of tar sands equipment continued through tribal lands and the Clearwater-Lochsa Wild and Scenic River corridor.
The tribe and IRU sued the Forest Service, saying it s failure to stop the shipment was an abuse of discretion. They will seek an injunction today to halt the megaload that continued last night and to block other megaloads until the agency completes a review of their impacts on the Nez Perce homeland and the federally protected Wild and Scenic River corridor.
Nez Perce Executive Committee Chairman Silas Whitman said the tribe had exhausted its avenues of diplomacy and outreach, but received no redress.
“The tribe is frustrated we have to take action in court to stop something that a court has previously ordered the Forest Service to actively regulate, but feel we have been left with no other option,” Whitman said.