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Daryl Hannah has been arrested in Texas.
The 'Kill Bill' actress was taken into custody for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest and held at the Wood County Jail after she and a landowner stepped in front of machinery to halt the construction of an oil pipeline.
Daryl and 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild were hoping to stop the progress of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipe through the latter's farmland in Winnsboro - which was subject to a compulsory purchase order for the project - almost a hundred miles east of Dallas.
The pipeline is designed to bring crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Daryl's agent, Paul Bassis, said the protesters were likely to be kept in jail last night, adding: "They've arrested Daryl Hannah and a rural Texas great-grandmother.
"The streets of Winnsboro will be much safer tonight now that they've gotten that 78-year-old great grandmother off the streets."
Daryl has previously been arrested for protesting against the pipeline in Washington D.C. in 2011.
She and other activists believe it will carry heavy, acidic crude oil that could corrode a metal pipeline and lead to a spill. They also claim that by not refining the oil, it would further contaminate the air in a region that struggles with pollution.
TransCanada counter that the pipeline will be the safest ever built. The issue has even been debated by President Barack Obama.
Speaking of Daryl's arrest, TransCanada spokesman David Dodson said: "It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property."
He added protesters were "putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk".
coal mining – which sees the tops of mountains blown away to help miners get
at deposits inside – during which a West Virginia road was blocked yesterday.
Daryl – who is a long-term environmental activist – and 30 other people
blocked traffic by sitting on a stretch of road outside a Massey Energy
Company plant, prompting police to intervene.
State Police Sergeant Michael Baylous said: “Tensions were pretty high. But
nobody got hurt and we're pleased with that.”
The protesters were cited for impeding traffic and obstructing an officer
Speaking about the mining practice before she was arrested, Daryl said:
“It's not necessary. If you do it wisely, there are ways to use renewables.
It's realistic for everybody.”
The group had originally planned to stage a protest inside the plant, but
miners stopped them from gaining access to the site.
This is not the first time Daryl’s beliefs have got her in trouble with the
In 2006, she was arrested after climbing into a walnut tree in an effort to
stop an urban garden being destroyed to make way for a warehouse.
Speaking from the tree, Daryl said: “I’m very confident this is the morally
right thing to do, to take a principled stand in solidarity with the
The 46-year-old actress doesn't want to go down the same route as Angelina Jolie and Madonna and adopt from a different country, because she believes there are too many children in the US who need a home.
She said: "There are more than half a million children here in the US who need to be adopted or need homes, so-called 'hard to adopt kids' because they're not babies and come from troubled backgrounds, so I think that's probably the way I'd go."
The ardent environmentalist revealed she is often approached by celebrities wanting advice on how to 'go green'.
She said: "A couple of days ago, I was at a party at Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' house for Al Gore to celebrate his Oscar-winning film 'An Inconvenient Truth'.
"Penelope Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio were there and loads more stars. Melanie and Antonio's 10-year-old daughter Stella has convinced them to 'green' their houses, so I'm going to help them get solar power in their five homes and get their cars on
“I don’t want to buy eco-jeans made by slave labor, or chocolate harvested by kidnapped children, any more than biofuels from slash-and-burn operations or imported from halfway around the world,” she said, stressing that individuals could affect change at home by just unplugging appliances or drying their laundry on outdoor clotheslines."
- Daryl Hannah at the The Global Business Summit for the Environment in Singapore last week.