Megaload Pulls Out of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters
A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. Protesters tried to stop the shipment by getting in the way, but the so-called megaload rumbled forward on its journey through Oregon and Idaho.
About two dozen protesters held signs and blew horns while police kept them away from the truck and trailer. The megaload takes up two lanes and stretches 380 feet.
Cathy Sampson-Kruse, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, stood in front of the tractor’s intense headlights.
A grandmother, Sampson-Kruse called the megaload “a mega-monster that wants to cross our traditional homelands where we gather our traditional foods: our roots, our huckleberries, all of our traditional elk, our deer, our fish. It has to stop.”
Sampson-Kruse laid down on the road in front of the huge truck. Police arrested her, but the megaload rolled on. The Hillsboro, Oregon-based shipper Omega Morgan says it is working with local law officials to ensure a smooth trip.