Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested for protesting in front of the earth-moving machines preparing to begin constructions for the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. The information was provided by Hannah’s agent, Paul Bassis, who added that the protest took place at Winnsboro, Texas, about 80 miles east of Dallas, the Associated Press reports.
Daryl Hannah has been protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline ever since the project was initially announced. The actress was arrested on Thursday for standing in front of the earth-moving machines that were about to take the trees down in order to make room for excavations. Hannah was not the only one who was protesting at that time; she was accompanied by the site’s owner, Eleanor Fairchild, 78.
Bassis told the media that Daryl and Eleanor stood in front of the excavator to prevent it from taking the trees down. Ms. Fairchild agreed to take part in the protest because her land was taken by eminent domain for the project to be enacted. The 78-year-old woman claims her property was abused by TransCanada; therefore, she requested authorities to remove the excavators from her territory.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that officials were not available for comments. However, the spokeswoman confirmed the news that Daryl Hannah was retained on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest.
TransCanada, the company in charge of installing the Keystone XL pipeline, reassured inhabitants in the region that the construction will be “safe and reliable”. The Southern part of the pipeline will transport oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in Texas. President Barack Obama has always been a strong supporter of the construction of the southern section. He has, nevertheless, opposed the introduction of the northern section which costs around $7.6 billion because it could affect Nebraska’s water and environmental supply grounds.
Daryl Hannah made many other protests against the pipeline. She was, in fact arrested last year because she protested against the pipeline project in front of the White House.