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Hundreds arrested protesting Keystone XL oil pipeline

Protesters hope to persuade President Obama not to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas. But the State Department already says its safe, and supporters point to thousands of new jobs.

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American actress Daryl Hannah sits in front of the White House August 30 during a protest against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Hannah was among dozens of protesters arrested in a demonstration against the oil pipeline which, if constructed, would run from Alberta's oilsands in Canada to Texas.

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More than 200 people were arrested outside the White House Saturday following two weeks of protests directed at President Obama in an effort to persuade him to deny final permitting of a controversial 1,661-mile pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur, Tex.

The arrests follow more than 1,000 arrests made since protesters arrived in late August to conduct sit-ins along Pennsylvania Avenue.

While a White House decision is not expected until December, the protests centered on an environmental impact statement released Aug. 26 by the US State Department that concluded there will be “no significant impact” on natural resources affected by the pipeline route.

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