11 arrested for blocking Zenith oil terminal train tracks
A group of protesters who vowed to shut down Oregon's only crude oil export terminal have been arrested on trespassing charges.
The demonstration organized by Extinction Rebellion was nipped in the bud a little more than 24 hours after activists planted a "victory garden" on top of the BNSF rail spur that leads to Zenith Energy's oil terminal on Front Street in Northwest Portland early Sunday morning, April 21.
In a news release, Central Precinct officers say they arrived to "help property managers remove unwanted demonstrators" mid-day on Monday.
Police say they twice "admonished" the trespassers, including issuing individual and group warnings, to the group who had already refused to leave when asked to by the property owner.
The activists still didn't budge — and were led away in handcuffs, though police say no force was used.
"This action was taken in response to criminal activity and a summary abatement of nuisance property on a public right of way," officers say.
Each activists faces one count of second-degree criminal trespass.
The short-blossoming plant-in was sparked by the recent rise in oil trains offloading crude oil at Zenith's terminal for export to foreign and American refineries.
Zenith is also increasing capacity, which protesters say is unfair because the company is using old permits issued in 2014. A number of other companies store gasoline in the industrial area on Front Avenue, but those terminals primarily service gas stations, trucking and other local transportation uses.
Here's who Portland Police Bureau say they arrested:
• Bonnie McKinlay, 68
• Margaret H. Butler, 62
• Jan L. Zuckerman, 61
• Diane S. Meisenhelter, 63
• Michael A. Horner, 69
• Emily E. Carl, 19
• Kyler M. Liu, 30
• Susan E. Monson, 69
• Kenneth A. Ward, 62
• Daniel C. Pence, 60
• Tim O. Norgren, 42