The North Dakota Access Pipeline has been a heated subject of debate since its approval several months ago. The $3.8 billion pipeline traverses four states and passes under the Missouri River twice, inciting environmental concerns from people across the nation. In addition to the danger element in case of an oil spill, the pipeline cuts through Historical and Sacred ground belonging to the Native American Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Despite the thousands of protesters that have come together to rally against the pipeline, construction has continued and priceless history has been lost to the bulldozers.
However, the opposition has gained massive media attention resulting in none other than, the Divergent actress, Shailene Woodley’s support. The star was recently charged with criminal trespassing, and she livestreamed her arrest via Facebook.
“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,” said the actress during her arrest. Woodley had been participating in the peaceful protests for several weeks prior to her detainment. Other celebrities have also taken notice. Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, and even the main cast of The Justice League have shown their solidarity either through physical protest, social media support, or signing the petition created by the Stand Rock Sioux tribe, ordering a stop in construction.
To find out more about the environmental circumstance visit Rezpect Our Water and Dakota Access Pipeline Facts for more information on both sides of the struggle.