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Demonstrators block tracks in Everett

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — About a dozen demonstrators blocked railroad tracks Tuesday morning at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says some have chained themselves to the tracks. He says the demonstration started about 6 a.m. and blocked freight trains at the yard near Interstate 5. The main line remained open.

Protesters included one person suspended from a tripod over the tracks, according to organizers with the group Rising Tide Seattle. Others are locked to the legs of the tripod.

"People in the Pacific Northwest are forming a thin green line that will keep oil, coal and gas in the ground," spokeswoman Abby Brockway said in a statement. "Just one of these proposed terminals would process enough carbon to push us past the global warming tipping point — we won't let that happen."

Everett police were standing by and letting Burlington Northern Santa Fe police handle the situation because it's a trespassing issue, said Officer Aaron Snell.

Rising Tide Seattle says it's an all-volunteer collective dedicated to taking direct action to confront the causes of climate change.

Everett is about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Copyright The Associated Press





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