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The expiration today of the latest iteration of a five-year-old moratorium on oil and natural gas development in Boulder, Colo., prompted a meditation protest by anti-fracking activists outside the Boulder County Courthouse. “The regulations proposed by the Boulder County Commissioners will not be enough to provide protection from the dangers of fracking,” read the description for an event outside the courthouse on Pearl Street. “What do we plan to do? We will Meditate the Frack Out of Boulder by raising awareness and inspiring collective action to put the government and the oil and gas industry on notice!”


The threat of a major snowstorm is already putting Denver-area climate marches on ice. With the Washington Post reporting on how the “sweltering heat” in our nation’s capital is providing a relevant backdrop for the “People’s Climate March” tomorrow, the foot of snow expected in Colorado tomorrow has already postponed one of the several planned protests in the state.


In the week since Western Wire first covered a Boulder Daily Camera letter to the editor that called for violence toward oil and natural gas workers, the list of those denouncing the letter and the newspaper for publishing it has grown to include local residents, a bipartisan spectrum of elected officials, media outlets, and industry representatives.

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The Boulder, Colo.-based letter writer who called for “eliminating” oil and natural gas workers and told a media outlet that he “wouldn’t have a problem” with the murder of workers in the oil and natural gas industry now reportedly fears for his own safety and is asking for protection. “The anti-fracking activist from Boulder County who suggested blowing up wells and ‘eliminating’ energy workers is now asking for protection,” Denver TV news station 9News anchor Kyle Clark reported yesterday evening.


The author of a Boulder Daily Camera letter to the editor that called for violent attacks on oil and natural gas workers and facilities is standing by his controversial comments, telling one media outlet yesterday that he “wouldn’t have a problem” with the murder of industry workers. “I wouldn’t have a problem with a sniper shooting one of the workers” at a well site, Andrew J. O’Connor said in a phone interview with Colorado Politics. “I believe fracking is murder.”

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In remarks delivered on the House floor this morning, an elected official in Colorado condemned a letter to the editor published in the Boulder Daily Camera that called for violent attacks on oil and natural gas workers and facilities. The executive editor of the newspaper defended the letter a few days ago by invoking President Trump’s justification for a military strike against Syria earlier this month.

Anti-fracking activists at the "March for Science" on April 22. Source: Colorado Independent,

At the “March for Science” in Denver on April 22, anti-fracking activists interrupted and drowned out Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) entreaties for more investment in research on climate change. While the governor addressed the crowd about funding climate change research, anti-fracking groups, including Food & Water Watch and 350 Colorado, shouted chants like “fracking kills,” and “Frackenlooper, don’t frack our future.”

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