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A premier chamber orchestra in Boulder, Colo., said anti-fracking activists bullied and harassed the nonprofit arts organization for accepting donations from an oil and natural gas company to provide free concert tickets for students and families in local school districts. “The Boulder Chamber Orchestra was recently bullied and threatened, as an organization, by activists in the anti-fracking community who posted inappropriate remarks on our Facebook site, which was otherwise promoting our Unity Concert occurring this weekend,” the orchestra wrote in a statement to Western Wire. “The activists were using our Facebook page as a bully pulpit for their social media lobbying efforts.”
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!”
If a top Colorado news reporter like Joey Bunch raises concerns with one of our stories, we take it seriously. Western Wire is a new reporting project, and we will always welcome constructive criticism from those we respect. On Saturday afternoon, Joey emailed Western Energy Alliance, the organization that supports Western Wire, regarding our story, “Winter Blast Putting Climate Protests On Ice In Colorado.” In the story he published at Colorado Politics later that evening, Joey attempted to take us to task. But in our opinion, he failed to read our story closely, and he missed the point of our reporting entirely.
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.
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.”