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Woman Chains Herself To Barrel Of Concrete, Sits On Tracks In Protest

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who chained herself to a barrel of concrete sat on railroad tracks in Portland Monday morning to protest oil trains.

The group Portland Rising Tide said it intended to shut down a terminal that ships oil to West Coast refineries. The group says oil trains are a safety hazard and fossil fuels threaten the climate.

Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers were called to the northwest Portland tracks at 5:17 a.m. and they found the woman and about 15 or 20 supporters.

He says a crew was called to cut her chain so she could be arrested for trespassing.

Working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Simpson says police determined the protester was on a side track and didn’t block any rail cars or impact the line.

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