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Gasland Director Arrested At Congressional Hearing


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01 February 2012, 2:28 PM
Apparently fracking and the First Amendment don't mix
Josh Fox, in a scene from the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland.

It’s no surprise that oil and gas industry friendly politicians have fought to allow industry to keep secret the list of chemicals they pump underground during the fracking.

But today, they apparently decided to extend that secrecy to congressional committee activities, when members of a House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment refused to allow an ABC television news crew and the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to film today’s hearing on groundwater contamination linked to fracking in Pavillion, Wyoming. When Fox protested, he was arrested, despite the objections of some committee members.

Earthjustice Legislative Representative Jessica Ennis was there and caught the moment on film:

As Jessica later told reporters: “The public has a right to know what chemicals oil and gas companies are pumping into the ground. And they also deserve to know which politicians are trying to protect these same companies at the expense of the people of Pavillion, Wyoming.”

And here’s another video, in which you can hear some committee members objecting to the arrest:

Well, there was a sign right there that said "committee members only" so I guess they felt that they would arrest him. It's funny though because it was President Obama who campaigned on "transparency" but yet there is none.

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    The guys was asked to leave and refused because he was playing those and other games so he got arrested for trespassing but it's a fine line between breaking the law and the polices abusing authority.

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