In this week's news, a star in the movie Divergent was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and riot following a protest at the Dakota Access pipeline site in North Dakota, and the rig count rose again last week, this time by two
Shailene Woodley, an actress in “Divergent,” is scheduled to appear in a North Dakota court on Oct. 24 on criminal trespass and riot charges after her arrest during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.
The movie star and 26 other activists were arrested Oct. 10 and she livestreamed her protest on Facebook.
The Standing Rock Sioux want construction of the pipeline halted, saying it could taint water supply and encroach on tribal burial sites. Protests supporting the tribe have been going on for months.
Woodley could face 60 days in jail and $3,000 in fines if she is convicted of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot.
Rig Count Goes Up By 2
The number of rigs seeking oil and natural gas in the U.S. went up by two last week to 524, according to data released by oilfield services company Baker Hughes on Oct. 7.
The Houston-based company says 428 rigs were searching for oil and 94 were seeking natural gas. Two rigs were listed as miscellaneous. Last year 795 rigs were active.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas and Oklahoma each added two rigs. Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Alaska each added one rig, while Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia each dropped one.