The freedom to gather information about problems is one of the
foundations of a free society. On several occasions our photographers have
been verbally harassed while taking pictures of accidents and other
activities related to the natural gas exploitation in our area. These
volunteers are engaged in obtaining information that can be used to improve
the lives of the citizens that they are representing.
Our photographers have been trained in the rights and liabilities of making images based on the "Legal Handbook for Photographers" by Bert Krages,Esq. The general rule in the United States is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place or have permission to take photographs. It is permissible to take pictures of accidents, industrial sites, criminal activities, law enforcement officers, etc. from public places.
In addition we have adopted the following guidelines:
Restricting the freedom to photograph problems is a hallmark of
totalitarian societies. Openness and justice are best served by not
restricting photographers, as demonstrated in the Rodney King case and many
other cases like it.