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Lissa Lucas Dragged From W.Va. Hearing After Reading Industry Donors

(West Virginia House of Delegates)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 12:07 PM

Lissa Lucas was dragged from the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday after she read a list of donations made to lawmakers from oil and gas companies during her objection to a proposed bill that would allow industry giants to drill on private land, according to The Huffington Post.

Current law requires energy companies to first obtain 100 percent approval from landowners before they can develop land. Proposed bill HB 4268 would reduce that requirement to only 75 percent of landowners.

Lucas, who is a Democratic candidate for West Virginia's seventh district, traveled to Charleston to object the legislation and used the opportunity to call out House members who had pocketed from the oil and gas companies.

"I have to keep this short, because the public only gets a minute 45, while lobbyists can throw a gala at the Marriot with whiskey and wine and talk for hours with the delegates," she said, according to Newsweek.

Lucas then read through a list of the political donations handed to members of West Virginia's Republican-controlled lower house by the energy companies.

"John Shott. First Energy, $2,000. Appalachian Power, $2,000. Steptoe & Johnson—that's a gas and oil law firm—$2,000. Consol Energy, $1,000. EQT, $1,000. And I could go on," Lucas said, per Newsweek.

As she continued to rattle off names, her microphone was reportedly cut off and she was ordered to be removed.

"As I tried to give my remarks at the public hearing this morning on HB4268 in defense of our constitutional property rights, I got dragged out of House chambers," Lucas wrote in her personal blog.

RT reported that the committee passed the bill and it will now move to the lower House and state Senate for a full vote.

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Lissa Lucas, a Democratic candidate for West Virginia's seventh district, testified against a bill to loosen requirements for drilling on private land by reading a list of donations made to lawmakers from oil and gas companies before reportedly being removed from the hearing.
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