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Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Trials down the line for protesters against coal trains

  • An Everett firefighter assists Everett police officers, covering an elderly demonstrator’s head with a firefighter jacket while they use a power...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    An Everett firefighter assists Everett police officers, covering an elderly demonstrator’s head with a firefighter jacket while they use a power saw to cut steel attachments which are holding him to a tripod. Other demonstrators are attached to the tripod’s legs. After reconsidering, officers and firefighters decided to find another way to remove the protesters Tuesday.

  • Abby Brockway is taken into custody after being plucked from the top of a tripod blocking an oil train Tuesday.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Abby Brockway is taken into custody after being plucked from the top of a tripod blocking an oil train Tuesday.

  • Demonstrators hang banners on the Hwy 529 northbound trestle, over BNSF’s Delta yards in Everett, Tuesday on Tuesday.

    Demonstrators hang banners on the Hwy 529 northbound trestle, over BNSF’s Delta yards in Everett, Tuesday on Tuesday.

EVERETT — A battle over coal and oil trains in Everett is moving from the rail yard to the courtroom.
Five protesters taken to jail Tuesday after blocking a stretch of rail line could face more than trespassing charges. They also were booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of obstructing a law enforcement officer and delaying a train.
One was bailed out Tuesday night while the other four spent the night in jail.
“They refused to post bail,” said Delaney Piper, a spokeswoman for the protesters.
The four appeared in Everett District Court on Wednesday morning before being released pending trial, Piper said.
Among the five people arrested were retired Everett teacher Jackie Minchew and Everett cafe owner Mike Lapointe, who lost a congressional bid in the August primary election.
They were among more than two dozen people opposed to oil and coal shipments to demonstrate near a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard Tuesday morning. Protesters erected an 18-foot-high tripod across the tracks along the Snohomish River in north Everett.
The five people arrested were either on or attached to the tripod. Before the afternoon was over, they were in handcuffs and being driven away in police cars.
The demonstration was announced by the group Rising Tide Seattle to protest shipments of oil, coal and gas by train and proposed shipping terminals in the Northwest.
An increase in the number of trains carrying oil from the northern Great Plains, and the possibility that coal shipments also will increase in years ahead, have raised fears among environmentalists and local officials.
A protest in Anacortes in July targeted the Tesoro refinery where crude oil shipments arrive by rail.
At the same time, there has been a proposal for a coal shipping terminal at Cherry Point.
The protesters also cited safety concerns. Last year, a train carrying oil from North Dakota derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several cars exploded and 40 buildings were leveled.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

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