E. Oregon roadblock to megaload cleared; 16 arrested

E. Oregon roadblock to megaload cleared; 16 arrested

Credit: EJ Harris / East Oregonian

E. Oregon roadblock to megaload cleared; 16 arrested

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 2:16 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Protesters trying to slow a megaload of refinery equipment destined for the tar sands in Canada used people chained together in a disabled car and a trailer for roadblocks in Eastern Oregon, but authorities say the obstacles were cleared in about two hours.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says 16 people from Oregon, Washington, Alaska and California were arrested Monday night in John Day on charges of disorderly conduct.

Portland Rising Tide spokesman Stephen Quirke says the moving company should expect "further resistance all along the route" as public awareness grows about how burning tar sands for energy contributes to climate change.

From John Day the load is headed across southern Idaho, then north through Montana into Alberta.

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