A load of refinery equipment approaching a million pounds and bound for a Canadian oil project has been delayed in northeastern Oregon.

A moving company spokeswoman says the 901,000-pound megaload took longer than expected to get ready Sunday at the Port of Umatilla. Plans are to start for Idaho Monday night.

Oregon rules allow the megaload to move only at night. It'll block two-lane highways and must pull over every five to seven miles if traffic needs to get by.

It will take several highways before exiting the state south of Ontario.

The megaload is the first of three to the Alberta tar sands.

The East Oregonian reports about 20 people at the port Sunday protested against the contribution they say the equipment will make to global warming.