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February 1, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Josh Fox Arrested on Capitol Hill While Filming ‘Gasland’ Sequel

This morning Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox was arrested in Washington, D.C. and charged with unlawful entry after trying to film a House Science Committee hearing on fracking.

Fracking is a a method of natural gas drilling that uses high-pressure injection of water, sand, and chemicals to release the trapped gas. There are large environmental and health impacts from high-volume fracturing and there are a significant number of spills, blowouts, and leaking wells. Fox’s film “Gasland” aims to reveal the dangers of this type of drilling. It has been accused of contaminating drinking water in rural mid-Atlantic towns. The film is famous for showing residents set fire to water coming from their kitchen sinks.

According to the Huffington Post, a credentialed ABC news team was also denied entrance.

Fox said in his statement about the D.C. arrest: “I was arrested today for exercising my First Amendment rights to freedom of the press on Capitol Hill.   I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism. When I was led out of the hearing room in handcuffs, John Boehner’s pledge of transparency in congress was taken out with me.”

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