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Friday, April 28, 2017

Anti-Drilling Activist Suggests That People Should Start Murdering Oil and Gas Workers

From the Colorado Springs Gazette:
The Boulder Daily Camera published a letter to the editor April 19 that recommended bombing fracking sites to "eliminate fracking and workers." Here is an excerpt: 
"If the oil and gas industry puts fracking wells in our neighborhoods, threatening our lives and our children's lives, then don't we have a moral responsibility to blow up wells and eliminate fracking and workers?" wrote Andrew J. O'Connor, who is trying to get an anti-fracking measure on November's ballot. 
We repeat. This is not pretend. This letter appeared in the Daily Camera. 
After readers expressed dismay, the newspaper softened the online version of the call to violence. Instead of suggesting bombs, the revised version says we "have a moral responsibility to take action to dissuade frackers" from operating. 
An editor's note, explaining the revision, said the Camera does not condone violence. The note goes on to defend the letter for presenting "a philosophical question the Camera believes is worthy of community conversation in the context of the ongoing discussion over fracking." 
In an interview with Dan Njegomir, of ColoradoPolitics.com, O'Connor escalated his defense of violence toward workers. 
"I wouldn't have a problem with a sniper shooting one of the workers" at a drilling site, O'Connor said, arguing he was not specifically calling anyone to carry out any such act. "I see fracking as murder, and there's medical and scientific evidence of that." 
Actually, there is not. A recent study by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment analyzed 10,000 air samples taken from the immediate vicinity of fracking wells and found concentrations of toxins lower than limits set by the EPA. Contamination of water has been negligible and rare, as have lethal drilling site accidents.
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