Image Source: Morton County Sheriff
Although Shailene Woodley is usually in the press for appearing in blockbusters like Divergent and Snowden, she made headlines for a very different reason on Monday. The actress was arrested while engaging in a peaceful protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the Standing Rock Reservation in Bismarck, ND, which she live-streamed on Facebook to her 1.2 million followers. "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 said into the camera before being arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. Luckily Shailene was released from jail later that same day. "Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota," her rep confirmed to People. "She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline."
The DAPL has been a contentious issue for environmental activists for a while now (protests also resulted in the arrest of Green Party candidate Jill Stein), but the Allegiant actress believed she was only arrested because of her star status. "Why am I being arrested and no one else here is?" she asks the cops leading her away in the video, which her mom continued to record while Shailene was put into handcuffs. "Is it because I'm famous? Is it because people know who I am?" The primary conflict is between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, with the former arguing that the $3.8 billion pipeline is a massive risk to their community since any type of leak could contaminate the Missouri River. A Change.org petition lays out the potential devastation to the water supply, saying, "Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we've learned that that's a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota." Before her arrest, Shailene was documenting her protest on Instagram as well as Facebook Live, but she has yet to post anything since Monday. Watch her livestream of the incident below.
The riot police are arrivingPosted by Shailene Woodley on Monday, October 10, 2016