- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Transportation officials say four Bay Area protesters have been arrested after they tried to hang a banner protesting oil trains on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1eC3jcb) that Oakland residents, 29-year-old Janine Carmona and 27-year-old Charles Furman, were arrested Monday on suspicion of maintaining public nuisance and conspiracy to commit a crime. 25-year-old Emily Heffling of Oakland and 24-year-old Ethan Buckner of Berkeley were also arrested for trespassing on a bridge and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Jasmin Vargas, with Communities for a Better Environment, says the activists chose the Benicia bridge because it crosses the Carquinez Strait near several oil refineries. She says the area is a potential hazard site due to possible derailments and explosions as oil is transported on the tracks.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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