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House Majority Slams EPA Report; Josh Fox Arrested at Congressional Hearing

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By Lauren Pagel

February 1, 2012

Today, I attended a hearing of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Science, Space and Technology Committee on the topic of quality science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  So, I’ll get in to the substance of the hearing, but clearly the highlight was watching Academy award nominated director and anti-fracking celebrity Josh Fox, handcuffed and escorted out of the hearing room by Capitol Police.  House rules don’t allow members of the media to take video during hearings.  Josh is filming a sequel to his popular anti-fracking documentary Gasland for HBO due for release this summer.  Ranking member Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) twice made formal motions to allow Josh to continue taping arguing that a properly credentialed ABC film crew also requested permission to video tape the hearing.  Both attempts were rebuffed.

The hearing considered the efficacy of an EPA report describing water contamination attributed to hydraulic fracturing activities in Pavillion, Wyoming.  In reality, this hearing served as another opportunity for the House majority to rail against the EPA.  Referring to the EPA’s work as “scientific innuendo” and “regulatory straight jacketing”, the Republicans criticized the report as lacking transparency, peer review, or sufficient consultation with relevant state authorities.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, hydraulic fracturing, pavillion, water contamination, josh fox, wy


Gasland’s Josh Fox taken away in cuffs

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By Lauren Pagel

February 1, 2012

Before the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology's Energy and Environment subcommittee hearing today on Pavillion, WY water contamination, Josh Fox was led away in handcuffs.

The committee made their agenda clear with the hearing's title: Fractured Science – Examining EPA’s Approach to Ground Water Research: The Pavillion Analysis.

Josh was there to film the hearing for his upcoming film Gasland 2.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, drinking water, pavillion, groundwater, gasland


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