Lawmakers in West Virginia had a woman dragged away from the lectern because she was reading a list of members of the House and how much they collected in “contributions” from oil and gas companies.
Fracking activist and House of Delegates candidate Lissa Lucas appeared in the Charleston state house on Friday to address lawmakers considering a bill that would allow oil and gas companies to drill on minority mineral owners’ land without their consent, reported Common Dreams.
Lucas starts by saying, “I have to keep this short, because the public only gets a minute and 45 seconds while lobbyists can throw a gala at the Marriott with whiskey and wine and talk for hours to the delegates.”
She then lists a few members of the legislative body and the amounts of “contributions” they have taken from the industry they are regulating until she is stopped by Chairman John Shott (R-Mercer).
Shott does not want the bribes to be exposed and pretends they are not relevant to the bill. Lucas obviously disagrees because they are directly relevant to it, as many of its supporters received money from those that would benefit from the bill.
“Miss Lucas, we ask that no personal comments be made,” Shott said.
“This is not a personal comment,” Lucas replied.
“It is a personal comment and I am going to call you out of order if you are talking about individuals on the committee,” Shott declared. “If you would, just address the bill. If not, I would ask you to just step down.”
Continuing with the list of lawmakers and bribes, despite the warning, Lucas was approached by 2 security people who were ordered to remove her.
She was not allowed to finish her time and she was escorted away.
Watch the video of the incident below: