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Saturday October 6, 2012

HOUSTON -- Actress Daryl Hannah of "Splash" fame was ar rested in northeast Texas on Thurs day, along with a 78-year-old landowner as the pair pro tested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Hannah and landowner Ele a nor Fairchild were standing in front of heavy equipment in an attempt to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Fair child’s farm in Winnsboro, a town about 100 miles east of Dallas. They were arrested for criminal trespassing and taken to the Wood County Jail, said Paul Bassis, Hannah’s manager. Han nah also faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Hannah has long opposed TransCanada’s construction of the $7 billion pipeline, which is de signed to transport heavy tar-sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas’ Gulf Coast refineries.

"It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property," David Dodson, a spokesman for TransCanada, said in an email.

Hannah -- who has starred in dozens of movies -- also was one of several hundred prominent scientists and activists ar rested in August 2011 while protesting the pipeline in Washington.

They argue the pipeline would be unsafe because it would be carrying heavy, acidic crude oil that could more easily corrode a metal pipe, which would lead to a spill.