I wonder if the outcry would be the same if it was a string of wind turbine components (150ft blade trailers, 220,000+ lb Nacelle trailers, 100ft steel tower sections, etc) being moved on Hwy 12?
While I am no fan of big oil I do realize that our nation's infrastructure and supply chain relies on highways. I have worked in alt energy and the planning that goes into moving ANY series of oversize and overweight loads is amazing. Before this proposal would be implemented the transportation company would have traveled this corridor many times calculating turn radius's, timing traffic, measuring overhead hazards, etc. While this will make runs on a kick ass river a royal pain the oil industry is not going out of their way to make a bunch of boaters pissed. This road is NOT ideal from a transportation standpoint, so it tells me that there is a reason this road was chosen over others.
I'd rather see the road along the Lochsa choked with Tecate Trucks and burrito wagons but also realize that highways are to be used for commerce as well as transportation.
Maybe if everyone rode their bikes to the Lochsa instead of the multiple hours or DRIVING it takes most to get to the Lochsa from almost anywhere we wouldn't need to build oil refining equipment