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Shailene Woodley arrested while peacefully protesting Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota

Actress and activist Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota on Monday in the aftermath of a protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Rob Keller confirmed Woodley’s arrest at a protest site one mile south of St. Anthony in south-central North Dakota, where construction of the pipeline was taking place.

Woodley is charged, along with 26 others, with criminal trespassing.

Protesters are targeting the planned 1,172-mile pipeline that would carry 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from production regions in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa before reaching an existing pipeline in Patoka, Ill.

The Dakota Access pipeline has faced resistance from both environmental groups lobbying for decreased dependence on nonrenewable resources and Native American groups, specifically the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who would be most directly affected and argue that the construction of the pipeline disrupts sacred sites.

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