Stop Big Oil From Degrading One of America’s First Wild and Scenic Rivers

Stop Big Oil From Degrading One of America’s First Wild and Scenic Rivers

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Each one of these is longer than a football field, is wider than two lanes of highway, and can weigh more than 800,000 pounds—400 tons. They are called “megaloads,” and they are massive semi trucks pulling equipment for oil production in Canada’s tar sands.

These megaloads can do tremendous damage to the roads and surrounding environment, and a proposal would have them driving through a river corridor of two of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Middle Fork Clearwater and the Lochsa.

This area supports threatened steelhead and chinook salmon and drives a tourist economy tied to rafting, fishing, camping, and hunting. All of this to support big oil’s attempts to convert U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho into a transport route for massive loads of equipment bound for the Canadian tar sands in northern Alberta.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect the special values of these Wild and Scenic Rivers by saying no to megaload shipments through the river corridor. 

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