Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested During Protest in Front of White House to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington—(ENEWSPF)—August 30, 2011.  Actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah was arrested today during a sit-in in front of the White House protesting the expansion of a pipeline expansion project that would significantly increase the amount of oil the United States imports from Canada’s controversial Alberta oil sands.

Hannah was among more than 100 people arrested at the demonstration, according to the Tar Sands Action Network, one of the groups that organized the protest.

Before her arrest, Hannah said, “We stand here today to just say no to slavery, to just say no to tar, sands, oil, and no to the Keystone pipeline.”

The Keystone XL Project is an expansion of an existing pipeline that now terminates in Oklahoma.  The new pipeline, if approved, would run from Alberta, Canada to Texas, stretching over 1,600 miles.

Canada’s oil sands have drawn criticism from numerous environmental groups that claim the way the oil is extracted is harmful to the environment.

On August 26, 2011, the U.S. Department of State issued the final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.  Under Executive Order 13337, the Department is responsible for receiving all applications for presidential permits for the construction of a pipeline crossing a United States international border. After consultation with eight federal agencies and the public, the Department is charged with making a determination as to whether a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and associated information can be found at the links below:

Fact sheet (290 kb)

Executive Summary of the Final EIS (2.1 MB)

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Notice of Public Meetings (969 kb)

Sources: CNN, state.gov