Shailene Woodley Arrested While Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline

Shailene Woodley Arrested While Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline

The actress was one of 27 arrested yesterday for trespassing during a protest of the DAPL.

The actress was one of 27 arrested yesterday for trespassing during a protest of the DAPL.

Text: William Defebaugh

Actress Shailene Woodley, best known for her starring role in the Divergent series, was arrested yesterday while protesting the looming implementation of a new oil pipeline project in North Dakota.

Woodley is one of many who have come out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the construction of which has been temporarily halted. Leading the protests is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who have stated that the project will desecrate sacred land, and further damage their local environment.

The 24-year-old actress live streamed her arrest on her Facebook page, where viewers could see the police take Woodley into custody for trespassing. Woodley states she feels that she was made an example of due to her status as a celebrity, and the fact that there were "40,000 people watching," citing that there were dozens of others in the same area, and that they left politely when asked. The video has since been viewed more than 2.4 million times.

“I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” the actress said. She was released from jail later on Monday.

The $3.8 billion pipeline would run 1,168 miles through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. While the project's masterminds, Energy Transport Partners, say the pipeline will be safer than transporting oil by rail, environmental protesters have brought forth evidence that the pipeline will sully water sources that the local communities depend on. 570,000 barrels worth of oil would be transported per day via the proposed pipeline.

Head over to change.org to learn more about the DAPL and how you can get involved.

just landed back in the US after being overseas for 2 weeks to THIS horrifying news. America, wake the fuck up. this is atrocious. and it's no ones responsibility but OURS. yes, our government, our politicians, and our police force can act in corrupt manners, but it's because we haven't been holding them accountable. take notice of the brilliant work #blacklivesmatter is doing. and the resiliency #sacredstonecamp has garnered. across our nation, people are rising. standing tall and demanding a change. so let us join them. at all costs. to stand up in the face of corrupt adversity is the ONLY path to change. no one will do it if WE don't. let us not let photos like this pass us blindly. let us repost these images, talk about them, print them, send them to the White House and congress, call our representatives. and, above all else, let us pray for hearts to be opened and eyes to be broadened to see the underlying truth: we are all one. time is NOW. #UpToUs from @frankwaln - #NoDAPL: "This is what our Protectors face as they work to defend the water and land. This photo was taken today were law enforcement had shotguns and semi-automatic rifles aimed at our relatives AND had planes spraying tear gas above the crowd! Shits bananas. #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #KeepItInTheGround" (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage)

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