Daryl Hannah arrested for protesting pipeline in Texas
Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in northeast Texas on Thursday, October 4. The reason? The ‘Splash’ actress along with a landowner were protesting an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The actress and Eleanor Fairchild were standing in front of heavy equipment in an attempt to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Fairchild’s farm in Winnsboro. That’s very close to Dallas. The two women were arrested for criminal trespassing and taken to the Wood County Jail.
Daryl Hannah is well known for being against TransCanada’s construction of the $7 billion pipeline. The construction is designed to transport heavy tar-sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas’ Gulf Coast refineries.
“It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property”, David Dodson, a spokesman for TransCanada said.
According to Hannah’s representative, the actress and the landowner will remain in jail overnight. “The streets of Winnsboro will be much safer tonight now that they’ve gotten that 78-year-old great grandmother off the streets”, representative Paul Bassis ironically said.
51-year-old Hannah is against TransCanada construction because she says the pipeline would be unsafe because it would be carrying heavy, acidic crude oil that could more easily corrode a metal pipe, which would lead to a spill. She says the air could be contaminated and we are talking about an area that has long struggled with pollution.
Meanwhile, officials deny Hannah’s fears, claiming the pipeline would be the safest ever built. According to The
Huffingtonpost, President Barak Obama encouraged TransCanada to reroute the northern portion of the pipeline to avoid an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska.
This is not the first time when Hannah get arrested for protests. In August 2011, she was detained for protesting the pipeline in Washington.
The actress is best known for her performances in the films ‘Splash’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Wall Street’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, and ‘Kill Bill’.