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Actress Daryl Hannah arrested in Northeast Texas pipeline protest

From Staff Reports
Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.


Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested this afternoon on charges of criminal trespass in connection with protests against construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Northeast Texas.

Hannah, 51, was being held in the Wood County Jail, according to jail records. She and landowner Eleanor Fairchild, 78, were taken into custody at a property near the intersection of Highway 154 and FM 2869 after standing in front of an excavator and other construction equipment.

Several acres of Fairchild's farm have been condemned by pipeline builder TransCanada. She has said she opposes TransCanada's plan to transport heavy tar-sands crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

TransCanada issued a statement about Hannah's arrest later Thursday afternoon.

"It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out of state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property," the statement said. "It is also unfortunate that she and other professional activists have chosen to engage in illegal acts, putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk, along with trying to prevent thousands of Americans from providing for their families by helping to build the Gulf Coast Project and the energy security it will provide."

A news release from the Tar Sands Blockade said Hannah was arrested after walking with a group including Fairchild in front of TransCanada machinery.

It is not Hannah's first arrest in connection with pipeline protests. She was arrested last year at the White House during a protest organized by a group called Tar Sands Action. That day, she joined about 100 other protestors to sit on the sidewalk outside the White House.

Bonds had not set by 6 p.m., and officials with the Wood County sheriff's office said no one would be available to speak about developments in the pipeline protests until Friday morning.

Hannah is best known for her roles in "Splash," "Blade Runner," "Roxanne," "Wall Street," "Steel Magnolias" and "Kill Bill."

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