Actress Daryl Hannah, a longtime Texan and star of such films as “Kill Bill,” “Blade Runner” and “Splash,” was arrested Thursday night in the east Texas town of Winnsboro as she helped a neighbor physically block heavy construction equipment from continuing to build the trans-continental Keystone XL pipeline.
Hannah, 51, was arrested along with 78-year-old land owner Eleanor Fairchild, whose property is being ripped up to make way for the southern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline project. Both were charged with trespassing and resisting arrest before being released late Thursday night. Hannah has lived in the county for more than 20 years, so police released her after she posted a $4,500 bond, according to KLTV 7 in east Texas.
Activists say the pipeline will help tap one of the largest standing pools of trapped carbon on the planet, potentially triggering a key tipping point that causes climate change to accelerate. TransCanada, however, isn’t concerned about the climate impacts, saying that tar sands will help boost energy security and put people to work.
“It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out of state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property,” TransCanada said in a prepared statement. “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.”
Actress Daryl Hannah and land owner Eleanor Fairchild are arrested while attempting to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Courtesy photo.
It’s not the first time Hannah has faced arrest for her activism. She joined Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist, and hundreds of other activists in chaining herself to the White House perimeter fence during a protest against Keystone XL last August.
“Sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom,” Hannah told NBC Washington at the time. “And we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future.”
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