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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF CLIMATE ACTION COALITION - Climate activists protested at Arc Logistics in Northwest Portland on Thursday. Dozens of activists in the Climate Action Coalition held another in a series of regional protests Thursday of oil shipped by trains. The group, which includes activists from Portland Rising Tide, 350 PDX, the Universalist Unitarian Church and others, demonstrated in front of Arc Logistics in Portland’s Northwest industrial district. Five activists sat on the rail tracks to prevent an oil train from reaching the terminal. However, no trains arrived, and the protesters dispersed peacefully, according to a statement from organizers.

The coalition contends that Arc ships crude oil by rail from fracked oil shale in Utah, and has operated at higher levels than its original permit allowed. Protesters also pointed out the growing number of accidents involving volatile oil trains, which led to numerous deaths.

“We are drawing the line to support all those affected from extraction to the climate-destabilizing combustion,” says organizer Mia Reback.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the increased use of trains to ship oil has caused significantly more delays on Amtrak passenger trains, including the Empire Builder line that goes between Portland and Chicago. That train is now late 70 percent of the time, typically by three to five hours, and revenues from that line have dropped 18 percent from last year, the newspaper reported.

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