Gasland Director Josh Fox Arrested at Congressional Hearing on Natural Gas Fracking
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Democracynow--Feb 2, 2012 - The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox was handcuffed and arrested Wednesday as he attempted to film a Congressional hearing on the controversial natural gas drilling technique, known as fracking, which the Environmental Protection Agency recently reported caused water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. Fox directed the award-winning film, "Gasland," which documents the impact of fracking to communities across the United States, and is now working on a sequel. Fox says he was arrested after Republicans refused to allow him to film because he did not have the proper credentials. "We wanted to report on what happened [at the hearing]. I was not interested in disrupting. It was not a protest action," says Fox. "I was simply trying to do my job as a journalist and go in there and show to the American people what was transpiring in that hearing, so that down the line as we know there will be a lot of challenges mounted to that [Pavillion, Wyoming] EPA report, and frankly to the people in Pavillion who have been sticking up for themselves and demanding an investigation into the groundwater contamination to make sure that people could view that in a larger forum than usually happens." To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for the additional Democracy Now! reports on the 2012 election, visit www.democracynow.org. Copyright Democracy Now 2012 "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section ...