In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event. Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing.

Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of “disorderly conduct” charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.

- 'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans

To the list of reasons NOT to drill in Ohio’s parkland - including lax current regulations, the bad experiences of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and destruction of our “prized national treasures” and water quality in surrounding areas - add one more. According to a report today from Cornell University, “fracking” (or hydraulic drilling for natural gas) will produce even more greenhouse gases than the burning of coal over the next two decades. While politicians and even environmentalists tout natural gas as a “bridge fuel” between traditional fossil fuels and more earth-friendly forms of energy, today’s report states clearly that the methane released in the early stages of the fracking process has a far greater impact on warming in the short term due to the chemical compounds found in the gas. In the long term, “the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon” compared to coal.


Kasich’s State Park Fracking “Worse Than Coal” For Climate

Link to Cornell study here (PDF).


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