- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Activists opposed to oil train shipments are blockading the tracks that lead to an oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River at Port Westward near Clatskanie.

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

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

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

Protesters’ spokesman Noah Hochman said the blockade was still “going strong” late Thursday night.

The group says oil trains fuel climate change.

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


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