Oil train protester arrested after sitting on railroad track

Oil train protester arrested after sitting on railroad track
Irene Marjorie Milsom

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police officers arrested a woman who attached herself to a plastic barrel full of concrete and sat on a railroad track at a Portland oil terminal Monday morning.

Irene Marjorie Milsom, 22, was protesting oil trains. She is a member of Portland Rising Tide.

Milsom was with a group of 15 to 20 protesters. They told police they were protesting “big oil” and “the burning of fossil fuels,” according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers with the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit used special equipment to remove Milsom's arm from the barrel.

Police arrested Milsom for criminal trespassing in the first degree, disorderly conduct in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. Officers took her to the Multnomah County Jail.

In a news release sent on Monday, Portland Rising Tide said the group demanded a halt to oil trains in the Pacific Northwest.