More than 1,000 demonstrators participated in a march on March's Point Saturday, according to leaders of the three-day protest to convince people to reduce dependence on oil.
The protestors walked along the west side of March's Point to the northern tip and welcomed members of the Lummi Nation.
Meanwhile, dozens of protestors who had erected tents and signs on the rail line between Burlington and Anacortes continued their blockade which they launched Friday night.
“There is a little bit of concern” over the demonstrators on the track, county Sheriff Will Reichardt said. He said there is what he called a “small contingent” of people out on the rail line between Burlington and Anacortes near Farm to Market Rd. He said, “It’s trespass… you’re not supposed to be on the railroad tracks, but it’s really not posing a significant danger.”
BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas told reporters Saturday morning that,”We knew this was coming and so we’ve taken action and worked with our customers and we will not be running trains today.” He added that safety is their number one priority.
He said the demonstrators that are blocking the rail line are trespassing. He said, “Action will be taken eventually and we’re developing a plan right now.”
About 100 protesters gathered Saturday morning at Seafarers park and, after training, headed out to stage a water blockade to prevent tankers from approaching the two piers operated by the refiners. But, no ships are visible in the area now.
The anti-oil protest by Break Free PNW is set to last through Sunday.