“We've heard a lot about the sensitivities on the issues of the shipments here, and we really wanted to talk to the community and find out what we can do better and also to get the story out on what these shipments really are and what they do,” said General Electric Representative Bill Heins.
Three general electric representatives are in town sharing their side to a story that started in August. The Nez Perce Tribe orchestrated the biggest protest the area's ever seen.
"The law enforcement, the crew of Omega Morgan and the escorts,” said Heins. “They just did an extremely professional job. They worked extremely hard under very difficult circumstances."
General Electric wasn't expecting these protests.
"We sent an almost identical load in October 2012 and that went through very well we had no interruptions there,” said Heins. “It went through as planned."
And from October to now, a modified transportation plan was born.
“We took the plan that we had and then modified our plan to address any additional issues,” said Heins.
But that's not enough for many protestors. They expressed anger against not only the route, but also the equipment and the impact oil production has on the land in Alberta. Leaders from General Electric said that's just not the case.
"I think it's ironic that the one piece of equipment that can do the most environmental benefit to these products, is the one that is being protested," said Heins.
For now, protests have stopped, and megaloads are parked. Both sides wait patiently for a decision to be handed down as to whether or not megaload shipments can continue.
“If we have to find alternative routes or do other things that would be extremely expensive for us,” said Heins. “But more importantly than being expensive for us, we do have commitments to our clients."
For now, the company’s second water purification unit is waiting at the Port of Wilma.