Actress Shailene Woodley has been arrested in North Dakota during a protest opposing the construction of a cross-state oil pipeline.

The 24-year-old star – who first rose to fame as part of the US television series Secret Life of the American Teenager – was live streaming the protest on Facebook to around 40,000 people at the time she was arrested for criminal trespassing.

The Divergent star has been an outspoken member of a campaign opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project which would transfer oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.


yo, #standingrock. we on our way. #protectcleanwater #NoDAPL #uptous

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Protestors believe the pipeline has the potential to contaminate the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation, which stands just half a mile from the line.

According to Cosmopolitan, the controversial work could also destroy some of the Native American tribe’s sacred sites.

Before her arrest, Shailene could be heard saying: “I’m being arrested.  I was down there with everybody else.  It’s because I’m well known.  It’s because I have 40,000 people watching.”

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