Demonstrators are gathering in the industrial area of northwest Portland Wednesday protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The protesters said they are there because just down the street is a terminal owned by Phillips 66.
According to the company's website, Phillips 66 owns 25 percent of the controversial underground pipeline project designed to move oil from North Dakota to Iowa and Illinois.
Protesters in Oregon and elsewhere around the country have become more active in recent days, in alliance with protesters on the scene in North Dakota at the Standing Rock Reservation who have been ordered to leave by Monday.
There is a heavy police presence near the Portland protest, with as many or more officers present as protesters.
The police said the reason for the heavy turnout is that they believe the numbers of protesters might swell to more than 100, and they think the protesters might do more than just wave their picket signs.
While protesters so far haven't tried to stop any tankers going to or from the terminal, the concern is that they will.
“We're still going to try to stop the tankers,” protester Jessie Sponberg told FOX 12, adding that they plan on blocking traffic once more demonstrators arrive.
The protesters have said they'll be at the terminal until at least 6 p.m., but it's not really clear whether the folks opposed to the pipeline will eventually take their protest to the streets and try to block oil tankers.
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