Md. State Senator Arrested, Fined While Protesting Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland state senator says he has paid a $100 fine after being arrested outside the White House with other protesters while rallying against a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George’s, on Friday joined environmental activists who have been gathering outside the White House for the past two weeks to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Pinsky says he was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, a misdemeanor.

Actress Daryl Hannah is among those who’ve been arrested so far.

Pinsky says he’s concerned the pipeline would accelerate climate change and harm efforts to promote offshore wind energy development.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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