EGT assessing damage from ILWU protesters

2011-09-09T21:00:00Z 2012-06-28T18:36:37Z EGT assessing damage from ILWU protestersBy Erik Olson / The Daily News Longview Daily News
September 09, 2011 9:00 pm  • 

The scene outside the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview was much quieter Friday after law enforcement tightened security and the company assessed damage from a Thursday morning raid at the $200 million facility.

EGT has recovered some of the grain dumped on the ground early Thursday when protesters stormed the terminal and opened the hatches at the bottom of rail cars, company spokesman Matthew Beck said.

Grain was spilled from about 70 of the 107 cars at the terminal, Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas.

The company continues to run the terminal through a testing phase and has not determined a damage cost from the raid, Beck.

Outside the road leading into the terminal, about a half-dozen police cars were posted Friday morning to control access to the area. Just outside the gate on Fibre Way, nearly a dozen picketers had camped outside in chairs and held signs supporting the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Police cleared away all protesters from outside the terminal gates Wednesday after 400 longshore union protesters gathered en masse on the rail tracks near the Long Bell log pond to block an incoming grain train.

The train was allowed to pass into the terminal after four hours. EGT workers had unloaded some grain before the rail cars were attacked, company officials said.

Brake lines were cut on the rail cars, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe has not determined the damage cost, Melonas said.

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