A few days later it moved on, leaving in its wake scores of people who had been mulcted by the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office -- and a deputy who had been thrown off the force for publicly criticizing the opportunistic "traffic enforcement" initiative.
The megaload is a huge evaporator being hauled by the Omega Morgan shipping company from Portland, Oregon to Edmonton, Alberta, and will eventually be used to extract oil from tar sands. At various points along the route, the megaload attracted protests by environmental activists who insist that the tar sands project will contribute to catastrophic global warming – a claim that seemed robustly implausible as the megaload's transit experienced several unexpected delays because of severe winter weather.
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