Documentary filmmaker Josh Fox was arrested yesterday when his crew attempted to film a House hearing on the controversial natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracking. Initial reports said an ABC News crew was also prevented from recording the hearing but ABC denied the network had assigned coverage. Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary Gasland, and his crew were taken into custody after Republicans on the House Science Committee objected to their presence. Gasland has raised awareness of the process of fracking, which involves pumping water and chemicals into drilling sites to free natural gas deposits from shale. Fox said the hearing was scheduled on short notice and he tried contact committee staff to secure clearance but he never received an answer. He also asked a credentialed crew to tape the hearing on his behalf but was informed it was not permitted. Fox was charged with unlawful entry and released by Capitol police. He told the New York Times he did not have to pay a fine or post bail. His court date is February 15th.

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