It's like a Hollywood disaster movie playing out right here in front of us: Following dire warnings by the hero and heroine of the impending consequences, the audience knows that the denials and decisions by the arrogant officials will prevail, and the horrific catastrophe will proceed as planned by the film producer.
It's obvious that the oversized rigs should travel through Canada on Canadian roads. It's their tar sands, not ours in the United States. If the Billings shipments are necessary, they should continue their previous route from the south. After all, they've already allowed their roads to be damaged. Of course there would be no movie plot if the autocratic characters had the good taste to heed the knowledgeable protestors.