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6 Arrested after Protesters Block Maine Rail Track
06/28/2013 10:28 AM ET  

Members of the group, which calls itself 350 Maine, said a train from North Dakota was scheduled to travel through Fairfield carrying oil obtained by fracking.

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) _ Six protesters have been arrested in Fairfield after a group tried to block a train they said was carrying oil obtained through fracking.

The Morning Sentinel reports that a group of about 30 protesters built a makeshift wooden scaffold on the tracks Thursday and gathered around it.

Members of the group, which calls itself 350 Maine, said a train from North Dakota was scheduled to travel through Fairfield carrying oil obtained by fracking, a method they believe damages the environment.

One woman said they were protesting because dramatic action is needed to stop climate change.

No train was seen during the protest and official confirmation about the train's schedule was unavailable.

Police gave the protesters a 10 minute warning to leave the area and arrested six who refused to go.



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