Gasland Director Arrested for Crashing House Hearing
Josh Fox allegedly refused to leave
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 1:06 PM CST
Josh Fox addresses a host of environmental and community groups at a rally in the state capitol against gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation June 7, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

(Newser) – Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of the documentary Gasland, was arrested by Capitol Police this morning when he refused to leave a House hearing. Fox, whose film about natural gas "fracking" has already stirred up quite a bit of drama, was attempting to film a House Science Committee hearing on the controversial drilling technique. He was charged with "unlawful entry," the Hill reports.

Republicans on the panel objected to the filming, as well as the presence of a news crew from ABC, because Fox didn't have the press credentials he needed and ABC News didn't give enough notice. Democratic Rep. Brad Miller called for a vote to allow the filming, but the Republicans tabled it. "Most members kind of like having press; it’s fairly unusual to lead somebody away in handcuffs like that," Miller says.