Protesters target 2nd megaload in E. Oregon

Protesters target 2nd megaload in E. Oregon

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Protesters target 2nd megaload in E. Oregon

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. -- Environmentalists and tribal members demonstrated Monday night against the second of three giant loads of oil refinery equipment being shipped through Eastern Oregon to the tar sands oil region of western Canada.

The East Oregonian reports the group of about 50 people in Pendleton held signs and sang prayers while police kept watch. No arrests were reported.

The megaload convoy was parked nearby. It had driven the previous night from the Port of Umatilla on the Columbia River.

Leaders of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation say the state government hasn't properly consulted with them about the shipment through land the tribes ceded in 1855. Environmentalists oppose the tar sands oil for its outsize carbon emissions.

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