MDT finds no significant impact in Kearl Module Transportation Project

Posted by Alex Sakariassen on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) today for Imperial Oil's contentious Kearl Module Transportation Project, stating "The EA [environmental assessment] includes elements that satisfy the purpose of and need for the project." According to MDT Public Involvement Coordinator Paul Grant, the FONSI was signed Feb. 7. Before Imperial Oil begins moving the first of its 207 oversized modules from the Port of Lewiston to the Port of Sweetgrass, MDT still must issue the appropriate permits for the loads.

However, this isn't the first time the acronym FONSI has cropped up around Imperial Oil's transportation plan. Last fall, Eugene Weekly reporter Camilla Mortensen unearthed an MDT finding of no significant impact for the Kearl project dated August 2010. MDT Director Jim Lynch later denied that his department had drafted the document and suggested to the Helena Independent-Record that it was perhaps put together by oil company planners. This week's FONSI announcement came to local media directly from MDT. It's currently available for public review online or at the Missoula Public Library.

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Shadow. That is funny as hell. Have you seen photos of the hellish wake of destruction that tar sands mining does? If you haven't I suggest you do some quick google work. Oil is dirty business. Too bad I am addicted as much as the next guy.

Posted by Martin59802 on 02/11/2011 at 8:03 PM

I am setting here on pins and needles just waiting for all the crazies and tree huggers to come out and throw their childish fit over this. I can’t wait to read their trash and complaints. Go for it you goofy bast..rds! Please make my day…

Posted by Shadow on 02/10/2011 at 4:40 PM
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