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Filmmaker without credentials arrested at hearing


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A documentary filmmaker has been arrested at a House hearing after trying to film the proceedings without the required credentials.

Joshua Fox of, Milanville, Pa., was charged by Capitol Police on Wednesday with unlawful entry.

Fox directed the anti-drilling documentary "Gasland," which was nominated last year for an Oscar. Fox also is an activist who has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which was the subject of the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing.

Fracking takes place when large volumes of water, sand and chemicals are injected into wells to break up underground rock formations, allowing natural gas to escape.

The oil and gas industry has criticized Fox and his film for what they say is a sensationalized attack on fracking.

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