Activism

Woman Dragged Away For Pointing Out State Politicians' Connection to Oil Corporations

This woman was dragged off the floor of the West Virginia House of Delegates for outing politicians who get support from big oil.

“I’d also like to point out that the people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry, and people who are going to be voting on this bill are also often paid by the industry.” Lissa Lucas stated.

She proceeded to speak about politicians like Jason Harshbarger and Charlotte Lane who have taken large sums of money from oil and gas companies, until she was physically dragged off the podium.

HB 4268, the bill which Lissa was referring to, would give more rights to oil and gas companies to drill on private land in West Virginia by only requiring the consent of 75% of owners instead of 100%.

Lissa Lucas is running for a seat in West Virginia’s House in 2018 and stands by calling out officials who take money from big oil.

She stated in a blog post, “Allow me to point out that if Delegates genuinely think that my talking about who their campaign donors are — and how much they’re receiving from corporate lobbyists/corporate PACs — is an ad hominem attack…then they should be refusing those donations.”