Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested yesterday following a protest over a controversial oil pipeline, whose construction was supposed to begin this week.

The Kill Bill actress and a fellow protester named Eleanor Fairchild were arrested in Winnsboro, Texas, a small town about 80 miles (130 km) east of Dallas. According to Paul Bassis, Hannah's agent, Ms Fairchild owns property on the proposed construction site, however her land was subject to compulsory purchase for the project and bought from her without consent. Bassis went on to say; "Ms Hannah and Ms Fairchild were defending Ms Fairchild's property from eminent domain abuse by TransCanada."

According to Wood County Police, the actress was arrested on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest, although the exact reason for the 78-year-old Ms Fairbank's detainment was not given.

The Keystone XL pipeline that the protest was against is proposed to ship more than 500,000 barrels of oil sands-derived crude per day, to the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to Canada. The southern section of the pipeline - which Hannah was protesting - is being built after being approved by President Barack Obama, although the northern section was refuted by the President due to the potential risk it poses when travelling through Nebraska. Hannah has been arrested in the past for protesting against the pipeline, when she was taken in after a protest outside the White House at the end of August this year.