Police Arrest 160 At Environmental Protest At Richmond’s Chevron Refinery

RICHMOND (CBS/AP) — Richmond police have arrested more than 160 protesters for trespassing at a Chevron refinery as part of an environmental protest against the oil industry.

Capt. Mark Gagan says more than 2,500 people marched to the Chevron refinery during Saturday’s planned nonviolent demonstration in Richmond.

Gagan says activists were handcuffed, cited and released after they refused to cease trespassing outside the refinery’s main gate. At least 160 arrests had been made by 4 p.m. Saturday, and he expects the total number of arrests to exceed 200.

Gagan says there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Saturday’s action comes three days before the anniversary of the Aug. 6 explosion that fouled the air, shut down the refinery and sent hundreds of residents to the hospital with breathing complaints.

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