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Protestors Peacefully Demonstrate Against Second Megaload Rig

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PENDLETON, OR - The second of three giant loads of oil refinery equipment is trying to make its way to Canada from Eastern Oregon. 

Environmentalists and tribal members demonstrated Monday night in Pendleton against the megaload truck heading to the tar sands oil region of western Canada.

About 50 people held signs and sang prayers while police kept watch. Officers didn't make any arrests. 

The megaload convoy was parked nearby the demonstration, it had driven the previous night from the Port of Umatilla on the Columbia River.

Leaders of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation say the state government hasn't properly consulted with them about the shipment through land the tribes ceded in 1855. Environmentalists oppose the tar sands oil for its outsize carbon emissions.

Protestors and weather delayed the first megaload transport rig earlier this month.

The 450-ton piece of oil refinery equipment left the Port of Umatilla one day after protesters halted its departure. Deputies arrested two men when the chained themselves to the rig that night.

Poor weather delayed the megaload over the next few days of its trip. 

Grant County Sheriff Deputies arrested 16 people from Oregon, Washington, Alaska and California on December 16th when they tried to set up a road block in John Day, Oregon. Deputies say the group chained themselves together in a disabled car and trailer, but the obstacles were cleared in about two hours.

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