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Woman arrested protesting oil trains

by: KOIN NEWS 6 - This unidentified woman was arrested protesting oil trains in Portland Monday morning.Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit freed a woman from a cement-filled barrel Monday as she protested train oil transportation.

Irene Marjorie Milsom, 22, was arrested for Criminal Trespassing in the First Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.

Police responded to the 5200 block of Northwest Front Avenue around 5:30 a.m. over a report of a group of 15 people protesting.

One of the protesters put her arm inside a plastic barrel that had cement and other debris inside. A make-shift set up appeared to include a chain that went around the woman’s right wrist.

With other protesters by her side, the woman was moved onto the privately owned tracks. Police ordered the rails shut down for safety.

By 8:24 a.m. EDU members had successfully freed the woman using industrial saws. The other protesters stood on the sidewalk, watching and cheering. The matter remained entirely peaceful.

Police shielded the woman from any sparks using a heat-resistant blanket and a helmet typically worn by the EDU members.

The woman was not hurt during the removal process, but was taken into custody once freed from the barrel.

The group, which did not identify themselves with any national efforts, said they wanted to bring awareness to train oil transportation and highlight the reported dangers. No other arrests were made.

The rail line that was being protested is owned by Arc.

According to the company’s website, the Portland terminal is capable of receiving, storing and delivering heavy and lightweight petroleum products.

A company spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Under Oregon law, the state is required to review the contingency plans for companies that transport or store oil on Oregon waters.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is currently in the process of reviewing Arc Terminals’ oil spill contingency plan that was recently submitted to the state.