Actress Daryl Hannah was all smiles on Tuesday as police placed her under arrest during an environmental protest outside of the White House.
The 50-year-old “Kill Bill” star, a longtime environmental activist, was among 100 people who were taken into custody during the sit-in, which was organized by the group Tar Sands Action – a group fighting to stop the production of TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline.
If implemented, the proposed pipeline would stretch 1700 miles, carrying oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
According to reports by E!News, Hannah was handcuffed by an officer and was detained briefly before she was released after paying a $100 fine. While she was cited for failure to obey a lawful order (refusing to move), no formal charges were said to be filed against her.
“Sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom, and we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future,” Hannah told reporters prior to her arrest.
Hannah’s recent run-in with the law over environmental issues wasn’t her first – she was previously detained in 2009 for protesting against mining practices in West Virginia, and also arrested in 2006 after she and about 40 others refused to leave a Los Angeles urban farm they had tried to protect from development.
During the infamous 2006 incident, Police removed Hannah from a walnut tree that she and other protesters had chained themselves to (on and off) for three weeks.
To hear Daryl Hannah explain why she joined the Tar Sands Actions group in their effort to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, watch the video below: