Actress Daryl Hannah Protests Fracking in Lafayette Square

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    Daryl Hannah was handcuffed and arrested during the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at Lafayette Park in February.

    Actress Daryl Hannah is back in D.C. to join Americans Against Fracking in a protest at Lafayette Square Thursday afternoon.

    The group, which is a coalition of more than 200 national and regional organizations, will be at Lafayette Square from noon to 1 p.m., calling for President Barack Obama to ban fracking on federal lands.

    Daryl Hannah Arrested in D.C.

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    The Blade Runner actress got taken away by Park Police after protesting an oil pipeline in front of the White House. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011)

    "This event will send a strong message to the Obama administration that protecting public lands, water and air is more important than oil and gas industry profits,” the group said in a press release.

    The protest will feature a press conference and rally. Speakers will include Hannah -- who was arrested in front of the White House in February while protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline -- and representatives from Environmental Action and, among other groups.

    Following the rally, participants will deliver 400,000 public anti-fracking comments to the White House and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

    The BLM recently proposed rules for drilling and fracking on public lands, but Americans Against Fracking believes the rules are environmentally unfriendly and threaten U.S. forests and federal lands near national parks.

    “President Obama has spoken out about the need to curb climate change, but his plan to expand drilling and fracking on public lands flies in the face of his own statements,” said the group’s press release.