ONTARIO, Ore. -- The megaload of oil refinery equipment making its way slowly across Eastern Oregon has arrived at John Day and is expected to be near the Idaho border on Wednesday.
The 450-ton shipment makes about 35 mph and blocks highways. It's allowed to move only at night and has to stop at intervals to allow traffic to pass. Protests and bad weather have also delayed it.
The equipment is headed for the Canadian tar sands oil development via Idaho and Montana.
The water purification equipment went by barge from Portland, where it was fabricated, to the Port of Umatilla. There it was loaded onto a transport rig and headed south, mostly on U.S. 395, to John Day.
The Ontario Argus Observer reports officials expect it at Vale Wednesday morning.