Photo Credit: AP Photo/Wood County Sheriff
Daryl Hannah, the star of Splash and Kill Bill, was arrested Thursday, after protesting a controversial oil pipeline that has pitted Republicans against President Obama.
Hannah, 51, was arrested in Winnsboro, Tex., about 100 miles east of Dallas, after blocking the progress of heavy equipment intended to continue the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. She was arrested alongside 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild, whose farm has been partially condemned so the pipeline can run through it.
"They've arrested Daryl Hannah and a rural Texas great-grandmother," said Paul Bassis, Hannah's manager confirmed.
Hannah has long opposed construction of the $7 billion pipeline, which will transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas' Gulf Coast refineries. In August 2011, Hannah was arrested in Washington, D.C. after protesting the same pipeline.
"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, told reporters.
In January, President Obama denied the pipeline a permit after congressional Republicans had given him a 60-day deadline to act. Obama, however, permitted the pipeline to reroute its path through less environmentally endangered areas, including through Fairchild’s property.
"The streets of Winnsboro will be much safer tonight now that they’ve gotten that 78-year-old great grandmother off the streets," Bassis said.
Hannah is no stranger to the back of police cars. Besides her arrest Thursday and in 2011, Hannah was arrested with 30 others in June 2009 after blocking traffic on a major highway in West Virginia to protest mountaintop coal mining. She was also arrested in 2006 while protesting the bulldozing of an urban farm in Los Angeles.