Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Texas as she helped property owner Eleanor Fairchild try to stop an excavator from clearing land it was preparing for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested Protesting Keystone XL in Texas


Actress Daryl Hannah was charged with criminal trespassing on Thursday and then released following her arrest as she stared down an excavator that was clearing ground to begin construction on the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.

Hannah, known for her roles in Splash and numerous other movies, joined 78-year-old property owner Eleanor Fairchild, whose land in Winnsboro, about 80 miles east of Dallas, was taken by eminent domain for the project, Reuters reported.

This was Hannah’s second arrest for protesting Keystone XL, TransCanada Corp.’s proposed $7 billion, 1,700-mile-long pipeline that would bring crude originating in the Alberta oil sands to ports on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Houston. She was arrested outside the White House in August 2011, along with fellow actress and activist Tantoo Cardinal, a Métis who grew up near the oil sands, and more than a thousand other protesters.

Fraught with controversy, the pipeline is also a factor in the upcoming Presidential election.

TransCanada called Hannah’s arrest, which she said resulted in an injured wrist, “unfortunate” but did not express regret.

"It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property," corporate spokesperson David Dodson told the Associated Press, adding that protesters were "putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk."

Hannah, 51, was released at around midnight, according to KLTV News out of Texas. She posted a total of $4,500 bond—$1,500 for charges of criminal trespass and $3,000 for resisting arrest—according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I was peacefully protesting the unwanted advances of TransCanada on Eleanor Fairchild's land," Hannah told KLTV. "She has stated very clearly that she doesn't want them there, and they insist on bullying her and taking away her land through eminent domain. We just sort of stood in front of them and held our hands in a stop motion. I'm holding my wrist because there was this private security guard hired by TransCanada, and he injured my wrist."

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