Cops clear activists from tracks near Ore. oil terminal

Activist group Portland Rising Tide says oil trains fuel climate change

Crews worked into the night to remove a protester who chained herself to the top of a tripod of steel poles erected over the tracks on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Crews worked into the night to remove a protester who chained herself to the top of a tripod of steel poles erected over the tracks on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Activists opposed to oil train shipments blocked tracks that lead to an oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River at Port Westward near Clatskanie early Thursday afternoon.

Columbia County sheriff’s officials confirmed the blockade, but did not offer any further details immediately.

Portland and Western Railroad, which operates the line between Portland and the Clatskanie terminal, did not immediately return calls for comment from the Associated Press either.

Activist group Portland Rising Tide said 27-year-old Sunny Glover chained herself to the top of a tripod of steel poles erected over the tracks. Glover vowed to stay on the structure as long as possible.

Crews worked late into the night to remove Glover from the tripod, cutting each pole 1-foot at a time. Around 11:15 p.m., crews were able to remove her from the tracks and took Glover into custody.

Members of Portland Rising Tide said oil trains fuel climate change.

“This oil terminal here was operating illegally, and we thought it was in the best interest of the community and future generations to physically blockade the tracks and make sure that no oil trains can come into this terminal. And we’ve successfully done that today,” said activist Jonah Majure.

Five activists were arrested two weeks ago in Everett, Wash. after staging a similar protest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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