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Actress Daryl Hannah arrested during oil protest in front of White House

Actress Daryl Hannah is arrested by U.S. Park Police in front of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, during a protest against the Keystone oil pipeline.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Actress Daryl Hannah is arrested by U.S. Park Police.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - Actress Daryl Hannah has been arrested in front of the White House during a protest opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

The Tuesday sit-in involved dozens of protesters urging President Obama to reject the pipeline that would go through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

According to ABC News, Tuesday's protest was organized by a group called Tar Sands Action, which says that the pipeline will pump 900,000 barrels a day of "the world's dirtiest oil" from Alberta, Canada to the refineries in Texas

Before her arrest, Hannah told the Associated Press that the protesters want to be free from dependence on fossil fuels and hope the president will not bow to oil lobbyists.

The "Kill Bill" actress was arrested after she sat down on the sidewalk near the White House and refused orders from the U.S. Park Police to move.

Hannah, who was arrested along with about 100 other protesters, has been arrested in the past for environmental causes.