Environmentalists in Portland have taken over a portion of railroad track to protest oil trains.
The protest started on Sunday morning and activists remained camped out over night. Police arrived at around 5:00 PM to start making arrests, as the wackjobs sat on the train tracks singing.
These guys can’t even hold a phone the right way to record video, yet they want to dictate public policy regarding the environment and economy.
A climate action group with an international presence blockaded railroad tracks at the Zenith Energy facility in Northwest Portland Sunday morning.
The group, Extinction Rebellion, dumped a load of top soil near the tracks at 5501 NW Front Avenue, then planted a “Victory over fossil fuels garden” and placed a tiny house near the tracks.
In a live Facebook post, Extinction Rebellion member Ken Ward said “Zenith is the poster child for governmental inability to act in the face of unbelievably arrogant and globally deadly fossil fuel company behavior.”
According to Zenith Energy’s website, “The Portland Terminal is capable of receiving, storing, and delivering heavy and light petroleum products via Panamax sized vessels, railroad and truck loading rack. The Portland Terminal also offers heating systems, emulsions and an on-site product testing laboratory.”
The climate group began their occupation shortly after 6 a.m. and said in a release there are 22 people at the site.
They also released a letter they said they sent to Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland City Council to inform them “that we have rezoned the industrial corridor in which this facility is sited, which also houses numerous other fossil fuel operations, from an Employment and Industry base zone to an Open Space designation.”
They poured topsoil over the tracks and started planting a garden.
A small, dedicated group of activists camped on railroad tracks at the Zenith Energy facility in Northwest Portland in an effort to stop trains carrying oil from moving through the area.
The group, Extinction Rebellion, is the Portland chapter of the internationally active climate group that most notably has wreaked havoc with London transportation over the past few weeks.
In Portland, the group dumped a load of topsoil near the tracks at the facility, 5501 NW Front Avenue, then planted a “Victory over fossil fuels garden” and placed a tiny house near the tracks early Sunday morning.
The activists remained camped throughout the night but started leaving Monday afternoon.
Group members told KOIN 6 News they expect to be arrested but said it will be worth it. They want the City of Portland to “Shut Zenith down,” and want the area rezoned.
Zenith employees told KOIN 6 News they expect the police to remove the protesters from the tracks later Monday. Police are in the area keeping an eye on the group.
Apparently this is part of some sort of world wide protest of virtue signaling for the planet. Or something.