Police arrest dozens protesting oil pipeline at White House

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(Reuters) Authorities arrested dozens of people on Sunday protesting outside the White House against a proposed $7 billion oil pipeline they oppose for environmental reasons. Park Police Sergeant David Schlosser said 45 activists were arrested on Sunday for 'failure to obey lawful order.' They were released after paying a fine, he told Reuters. Sixty-five people were jailed on Saturday, some of whom were held overnight, Schlosser said. Organizers of the sit-in expected arrests but said on their Tar Sands Action website that police had previously assured them protesters would be released the same day. Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would bring oil sands petroleum from Canada to Texas refineries, are scheduled to continue for the next two weeks despite the arrests.

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