Three East Texans arrested over White House protest

Kendal Martel, an SFA student, was among the handful of protestors arrested
Kendal Martel, an SFA student, was among the handful of protestors arrested
protestors at the pipeline rally in Washington, D.C
protestors at the pipeline rally in Washington, D.C

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - To date, more than 700 Keystone XL Pipeline protestors have been arrested for failure to obey during an organized rally outside the White House.

Among them -- 2 Nacogdoches County residents and one SFA student.

"I was very calm during the whole process," said Kendal Martel, SFA student and activist.

The SFA senior traveled to D.C fully expecting to be arrested in the civil disobedience rally. She even got a day's worth of training on what to expect.

"A lot of our supporters were there behind the barricade and they were cheering and they were letting us know that they were there to support us," said Martel.

The sociology student is still not so sure how she'll explain the arrest to her mom.

Perhaps the passion for the cause will be enough.

"Human rights, community rights, environmental rights. It's all encompassing and that's why I think it's so important," said Martel.

Nacogdoches County property owners Steve and Kathy Da Silva live near the designated route. The victims of alleged fracking mismanagement were also arrested.

"Our source of drinking water from the Carrizo Creek-Wilcox Aquifer is threatened by construction of this pipeline across it. And I feel those are important things to take into account when you stand against this pipeline," said Steve.

The East Texas protesters are confident they got their message across to the President and the public.

"A lot of media attention. Huffington Post, Washington Post, CNN, so I know we caught people's eye," Martel said.

So did actress Darryl Hannah. Steve Da Silva saw her get arrested. He didn't know who she was at the time, but later recognized the starring role she played in the protest.

People of all ages, races and backgrounds are demanding that President Obama deny the pipeline's permit.

"I knew in my heart that what I was doing was right," said Martel.

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