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Protesters mobilize to oppose oil and coal trains through gorge.

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Opponents of planned oil- and coal-train shipments through the Columbia River Gorge are hosting a Columbia River Climate Action day on Saturday, July 27.

The all-day event, coordinated by climate action group 350.org, will include workshops, speakers, and a mobilization of boats on the river.

The event, which comes days after the Port of Vancouver approved a lease for a massive oil terminal fed by oil trains from the Bakken oil fields, takes place at Vancouver Landing, also called “The Quay,” west of 100 Columbia St. on the west side of the Interstate 5 bridge near downtown Vancouver.

There will be workshops on fossil fuel exports, direct action and the health impacts of coal dust from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. rally with regional speakers. Then protesters hope to mobilize a flotilla of boats on the river from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.