Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested as she protested against a proposal to build a $7 billion oil pipeline outside the White House on Tuesday. Police say that she and around 100 others protested to block the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to move oil sand petroleum from Canada to Texas refineries.
Hannah was among the 100 arrested for disobeying a “lawful order” because she refused to move from the sidewalk near the White House. She was later released on a $100 fine. A spokesman for the Rainforest Action Network, Daniel Kessler, later said that she was arrested after she refused to leave while taking part in the sit-in protest.
Hannah told the Associated Press that she and the other protestors wanted to encourage independence from fossil fuel. The Blade Runner actress is no stranger to being arrested during environmental protests. In 2006, she was arrested for protesting efforts to bulldoze an urban farm in LA. Three years later, she was also arrested for protesting a coal mining mountaintop.
As she was handcuffed, however, she was seen smiling instead of being angry as U.S. Park Police took the 50-year-old away.
Before she was arrested, she was quoted by a Washington, D.C. NBC affiliate saying that it is sometimes “necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom.” She added, “we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future.”