Tonight is the first night the beast is entering our boating waters. Starting from just below the Knife Edge campground/takeout, they plan to move 30 miles along the Lochsa tonight alone. Let's hope it isn't easy for them, they rethink their plan, yet nothing goes into the river.
Here's a photo of the beast:
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There is hope for our Lovely Lochsa, perhaps they do have another route after all:
Mackenzie River industrial shipping closer than ever
Despite massive oilsands modules getting the go-ahead for road shipment through northwestern USA, the company hoping to use northern riverways for transportation of Asian-manufactured industrial goods says a northern transportation route is closer than ever.
NTCL (Northern Transportation Company Limited.) claims its idea for shipping modules from Asia down the Mackenzie River to Hay River, and then by road to Alberta, has taken root in Asian markets following a December trip where company representative Martin Landry visited three Korean companies.
Landry told The Journal that talks are progressing on a small contract with a Korean manufacturer that could see the first shipment going directly from an Asian port to Herschel Island, and then up the Mackenzie to Hay River.
The contract would be split into two shipments, with modules small enough to be easily transported by road into Alberta, Landry said. He added that the contract would act as a trial run, showing other manufacturers that the route can be cost and time-effective compared to other shipping options.
The Inuvialuit and Inuit-owned company's northern shipping route was originally conceived as running up the Mackenzie and Slave Rivers to Lake Athabasca, before joining a road for transportation links into Alberta's oilsands region.
That option fell through due to the cost of building a road from Fort McKay, 90 kms north of Fort McMurray, to Lake Athabasca.
The northern shipping option resurfaced late in 2010, as Imperial Oil's plan to truck giant oilsands modules through Idaho and Montana met with stiff resistance from protestors along the route.
By then, however, the northern route had been modified to take the modules off barges in Hay River and truck them south through Alberta to Fort McMurray.
At the time, Landry said that up to seven bridges in northern Alberta would have to be expanded to deal with large oilsands modules as part of the road route.
With the new proposal NTCL is considering, however, Landry said that those kinds of road modifications will not be necessary as the goods are small enough to transport by road.
Although Landry would not say who NTCL's client is, he did confirm that modules would not be for the oilsands.
The proposal came out of the trip he took to Korea before Christmas.
"Korea is industrialized like crazy," Landry said. "I got the feeling it's not just oilsands stuff they are looking to bring to Canada."
Meanwhile, Idaho legislators gave the go-ahead for Conoco-Phillips to ship three-story-high modules through the state earlier this year, leading to speculation that Imperial Oil's giant modules heading to its Kearl project near Fort McMurray will also be approved.
Thirty of the 207 modules that will eventually be pieced into a bitumen separation facility at Kearl currently sit at the Port of Lewiston, in Idaho.
If the company gets state approval, the modules will be trucked 2,100 km, crossing into Canada at the Alberta-Montana border and going on to Fort McMurray.
The USA section of the route has met resistance from environmentalists, tourism operators and locals of the region.