Daryl Hannah & Eleanor Fairchild Defend Family Farm From Tar Sands Pipeline (VIDEO)
On the eleventh day of action against TransCanada’s demolition of forest, land and family farm property in East Texas, actress Daryl Hannah joined Eleanor Fairchild to defend her farm from the heavy machinery TransCanada is using to prepare the environment for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two ran out and put their hands up in front of the machinery.
Fairchild, who the Tar Sands Blockade describes as a “feisty 78-year-old great-grandmother,” put her hands up in the air, along with Hannah, to say, “Stop!” While standing in the way of an excavator there to clear trees, she declared:
…Get off my land, period. And, I don’t want tar sands anywhere in the United States.
I am mad. This land is my land and it’s been our land since ‘83. Our home is on it. They’re going to destroy the woods and also they could destroy the springs.
It is just devastating but it is also not good to have that tar sands anywhere in the United States. This is not just about my land. It’s about all of our country.
It needs to be stopped…
The two were arrested. Fairchild was charged with “trespassing” on her own land. Hannah was arrested for “trespassing” on Fairchild’s land. And the machinery continued into the night, clearing away trees and destroying the land for TransCanada’s tar sands pipeline.
According to an Environmental News Service report, Fairchild bought her property “when her husband retired as an oil industry geologist.” The pipeline “will permanently bisect the 300 acre ranch, which includes undeveloped wetland areas and natural springs producing over 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from her property.” So, Fairchild has not been in favor of the pipeline since she became aware of TransCanada’s plans years ago.