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OTRC: Daryl Hannah arrested near White House during oil protest

Daryl Hannah was recently detained in front of the White House while protesting a planned $7 billion oil pipeline set to run from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The 50-year-old actress, a longtime environmental activist, was among several dozen other people who were arrested on Tuesday, August 30, during the sit-in, which was organized by the group Tar Sands Action.

Hannah was handcuffed by an officer and was detained briefly before she was released after paying a $100 fine. She was cited for failure to obey a lawful order, E! News said. No formal charges were filed against her.

The protesters oppose TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline, which is set to run through states such as Montana, South Dakota and Kansas to refineries in Texas. The Associated Press quoted Hannah as saying the protesters want to be free from dependence on fossil fuels and are lobbying for clean energy investments.

A recent review by the U.S. State Department found that the project posed few environmental risks and a final decision regarding its construction is expected by the end of the year, the New York Times reported.

Hannah has been arrested before for participating in environmental protests.

In 2009, she and other opponents of mountaintop removal mining were detained during a demonstration near a coal processing plant in West Virginia. Hannah was 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 incident, Police removed her from a walnut tree, where she and other protesters had stayed on and off for 23 days.

Hannah is known for films such as the "Kill Bill" series, the 1982 sci-fi movie "Blade Runner" and the 1984 comedy "Splash," in which she played a mermaid who falls in love with a New Yorker, played by Tom Hanks.

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