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UPDATE: Megaload Leaves Umatilla Despite Protester's Delay

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UPDATE: UMATILLA, OR - A sheriff's dispatcher says the megaload transport rig carrying a 450-ton piece of oil refinery equipment left northeast Oregon Monday night, one day after protesters halted its departure. 

Protesters thought they had won Sunday night, when two men chained themselves to the rig and prevented it from leaving... that night. 




UMATILLA, OR - People fighting for the climate are celebrating a small victory after delaying the first of three controversial "megaloads" leaving Umatilla. 

Protesters blocked the departure of an oil refinery megaload Sunday night at the Port of Umatilla.

The megaload is oil refinery equipment destined for Alberta, Canada. It's 380 feet long and weighs 450 tons. 

Police arrested two protesters who locked themselves to the truck Sunday night. It took officers two hours to remove the two men, and when they did, it was 11:30 at night.

The equipment will travel from eastern Oregon through Idaho and Montana. Environmentalists are fighting the shipment to draw attention to concerns about climate change from developing tar sand oil in western Canada.

Demonstrators also delayed a departure last Tuesday.