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great divide montana’s energy wars are pitting neighbor against neighbor along the iconic rocky mountain front BY g e o r g e b l a c k

frigid day in early December, and the

next megaload was headed north. Moving at walking speed, it would lumber through Choteau, Montana, population 1,700, in the dead of night, carrying heavy oil-drilling equipment to the Canadian tar sands. Even by megaload standards, this one was a monster: 376 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 high. It had already been shipped from South Korea to Umatilla, Oregon, on the Columbia River, before winding its way along the Lewis and Clark

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL H a n SON

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OnEarth Spring 2014  

Hog Wild, by Ted Genoways

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