Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting Dakota Access Pipeline
I know it’s hard to keep up with all the news, all the time, especially considering the slap-fight between the two presidential candidates, but there are actually issues to talk about besides emails, pussy grabbings, and ISIS. I swear. Luckily some people are paying attention, like Shailene Woodley, who was arrested protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Woodley is best known for The Fault In Our Stars, The Descendants, and that amazing guilty pleasure of an ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. But she’s not just that actress who’s name you can’t remember. She also joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protesting the DAPL, which is a planned 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will transport more than 470,000 barrels of oil a day through the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota through two other states to Patoka, Illinois.
Woodley recorded the whole thing on Facebook saying, “I don’t know if you guys just heard me, but 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.” She added, “And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they’re not letting me go.”
The pipeline is supposed to be cleaner and more efficient. It will also cut down on railway usage. But the construction of the pipeline runs right through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation and also around Lake Oahe, which the Sioux Tribe holds sacred, and could possibly wreak havoc on the Missouri River, which is the tribe’s only water supply. Sunday, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a permanent injunction to stop construction.
So Monday, Woodley — who has been protesting all along with the tribe and other advocates — took to Standing Rock and was arrested for “criminal trespassing” and taken off the premises and is still in custody. She’s been tweeting and filming all of this, so it’s safe to say that when she’s back in action, fans will hear about it. It’s good only because it might bring some more attention to the cause.
There had been an injunction stopping construction since August, but it looks like that was costing Energy Transfer Partners, the company paying for the $3.7 billion pipeline, too much dough. The injunction came about because the Standing Rock Sioux sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the land, for not informing them early enough to begin construction. That’s part of the rules under the National Historic Preservation Act.
These protests have been going on for months. Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II told NBC News that they were disappointed with the ruling but that the tribe is not “done with this fight.”
The timing of this is also super unfortunate since it’s Columbus Day, or Indigenous People’s Day if you live in Berkeley, California. Instead of acknowledging the rights of the tribe and their claim to the land, it looks like yet again, the American government is screwing native people. And now they have Shailene Woodley, too.