JUNE 17, 2010

Public comment requested on plans to truck large equipment on U.S. 12

   The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Imperial Oil are jointly hosting open houses in Lewiston and Kooskia to provide information to residents on Imperial's proposal to move large pre-assembled process units through the state of Idaho.

   Open houses will be held in the following locations on the dates noted:

   Lewiston: 4–7p.m. on Monday, June 28 at the Red Lion Inn – 621 21st Street

   Kooskia: 4–7p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 at the Kooskia City Hall 26 South Main Street

   The proposed route runs on U.S. Highway 12 from the Port of Lewiston, through Orofino and Kamiah to Lolo Pass, eventually to Sweetgrass, Montana and then on to site through Alberta, Canada.

   “Plans have been developed to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of the large loads through Idaho while minimizing impact to the public. The plan adheres to the 15-minute maximum traffic delay rule,” according to Imperial Oil.

   Imperial, together with ExxonMobil, is constructing the Kearl oil sands project in northern Alberta. While the majority of the fabrication and construction for the project is occurring in Alberta, some pre-assembled units are arriving from Korea and need to be transported to the Kearl site in northeastern Alberta.

   The open houses will include project information presented in a poster format, and will have both Imperial and ITD personnel present to respond to questions. Participants are encouraged to comment on the transportation project.

   Comments will be collected by ITD.  “The Idaho Transportation Department is listening to concerns about the transport plans,” Alan Frew, ITD motor vehicle administrator, said. “Permits will be issued only if we are convinced the equipment can be moved safely, without risk to the roads and bridges, and with minimal disruption to traffic.”

   To qualify for the permits, ITD will require Imperial Oil to:

- Comply with the ITD's approved vehicle configuration and weight limits

- Submit a traffic control plan

- Transport the equipment at night when vehicle volumes are the lowest

- Use pullovers to minimize traffic delays to no more than 15 minutes

- Facilitate emergency response for law enforcement, fire, ambulance calls and other emergencies

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   Imperial Oil is one of Canada’s largest corporations and a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry. The company is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, and one of the largest petroleum refiners and marketers in Canada.