The ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Actress Has Been Released
Shailene Woodley made headlines this week when she peacefully protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. While protesting, authorities arrested the Fault In Our Stars actress.
She caught the whole incident on Facebook Live. The scene unfolded as a police officer asked her to leave the area because she was trespassing. Woodley returned to her RV where authorities promptly arrested her.
The video has since gone viral as she got over 3.5 million views. Woodley is just one of many who have been filming their interactions with police lately.
Here’s a look at the video below:
“Why am I being arrested and no one else is?” she asked the officer. “Is it because people know who I am? When you asked us to leave, we did.”
Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Keller told the Associated Press, the star was arrested Monday for criminal trespass and engaging in a riot during a protest at a construction site that involved about 300 people.
The charges are both misdemeanors that carry a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
After posting a $500 bond, Woodley was released from jail, per CNN. Woodley’s publicist told E! that “She [Woodley] appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
The pipline is 1,172 miles long and would stretch from the oil-rich Bakken Formation, a vast underground deposit where Montana and North Dakota meet Canada, southeast into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
Protesters say the project will damage the environment and damage historically significant Native American tribal lands.
Woodley broke her silence after being released from jail, posting to Instagram, “One day baby, we’ll sing our poetry…”
Woodley’s first court date is scheduled for October 24th.
The Dakota Access Pipeline Project
The proposed project would enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner, according to the Dakota Pipeline website.
The pipeline will reduce the current use of rail and truck transportation and will transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day with a capacity of 570,000 barrels per day.
The statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation say that pipelines are the safest mode of transporting crude oil. The Dakota Access Pipeline project is looking to work with landowners to make accommodations, minimize disruptions, and achieve full restoration of impacted land.
For more information about this project visit their website.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe plans to continue their fight in halting this project for good after a federal court rejected its request to halt construction.
The tribe says the construction will destroy some of its sacred sites.