A filmmaker whose documentary on natural gas was nominated for an Oscar was arrested on Wednesday morning after he tried to film a House Science Committee hearing on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial way to extract the energy source.
Josh Fox, who produced the documentary Gasland in 2010, was arrested by Capitol Police at approximately 10:30 a.m., a spokesman for the police said. Fox was charged with unlawful entry.
Fox was seeking to film a House hearing that was scheduled to discuss a recent Environmental Protection Agency investigation into drinking water contamination in Wyoming that EPA said was caused by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Fox received critical acclaim but also industry pushback for his documentary, which shows a homeowner in Colorado igniting a fireball by lighting a match under the faucet of his kitchen sink. The spectacular eruption is the result of methane in the water pipes, which the film portrays as proof that fracking contaminates groundwater.