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Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect

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cara

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Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« on: December 19, 2012, 03:30:29 PM »
I'm posting this on the PA site since there is no Colorado site.


December 16, 2012 11:45 am  ? Representatives of Chesapeake Energy sent Converse County residents and government officials a simple message at a Tuesday night mee? Read more
There's a link bouncing around among energy reporters across the country.

Such Internet virality is normally reserved for videos of a dancing bird or singing dog, but what's going around is much more serious -- and something of interest to anyone who's ever attended a meeting where corporations bring their case to the public.

The link I'm referring leads to a Dec. 7 article by Denver Post writer Vincent Carroll titled "The anti-fracking goons in Boulder."

What Carroll outlines in the piece, presented as a column, is frightening. It tells a tale of intimidation and fear through the eyes of Wendy Wiedenbeck, an employee of Encana Oil & Gas -- a company with significant Wyoming interests -- who'd come to Boulder to share her company's views on proposed regulations in the area at a public meeting.

Wiedenbeck said she and her colleagues were blocked in hallways and heckled during their presentation. When the time came to leave, she asked for a security escort back to her car. Activists opposed to Encana's stance hurled insults at her. Carroll quoted her saying one person called her a 'killer.'

Once in her car, Wiedenbeck said she and a colleague were blocked in the parking lot by activists opposing their message. They eventually called 911 for a police escort.

Wiedenbeck -- a seasoned employee who was also present when energy development led to tension in Pennsylvania -- told Carroll her previous experience "pales in comparison with what I experienced Tuesday evening."

Oil and gas development -- and hydraulic fracturing, lately -- concern many both directly and indirectly affected. I've heard people wonder aloud about the industry's effects on the livability of their towns, the condition of their road systems and how their long-term health could be affected by emissions and other forms of pollution.

In Wyoming, there are already a couple of nationally relevant controversies centering around groundwater and air pollution that only intensify the debates in our state, and I've seen people get animated discussing some of them. But I've never seen anything like what happened in Boulder.

I believe I can speak on behalf of a vast majority of reporters who have attended public meetings on divisive topics when I say this -- there is a right way to lodge a complaint or oppose a movement, and there is a wrong way. Most journalists I've spoken with admit they've seen the wrong way on display more times than they'd prefer, but nothing like this.

Fact is, there's never a reason to sink that low. Activists employing such measures to get their points across probably think they're sending a message -- we're here, and we're serious. Or maybe they're not thinking at all.

Either way, the message is cheapened. The cheap, occasionally immature tactics employed are what make headlines. And both the person committing the acts and possible victims -- like Wiedenbeck -- lose as a result.

I was at a meeting recently that could have easily turned into what happened in Boulder. Chesapeake Energy -- which is drilling more and more in Converse County -- invited members of the public, contractors and government officials to hear about their regional operations, which have bothered some residents.

It would have been easy to stain the night's rhetoric with ad hominem attacks and unfounded accusations. Some residents spoke more pointedly than others during a question-and-answer session at the end of the meeting, but few took an accusatory tone, none threatened Chesapeake representatives and no one disrupted the progress of the meeting.

And for the 30 minutes or so I waited around after the meeting, I saw no confrontations, only calm discussions. Some felt their questions weren't answered, but they left peacefully, still determined to make a difference.

I'm not certain of the most effective way to protest, complain or otherwise oppose a cause, but I do know that informed, calm discussion can go a much longer way to make a difference than threats of violence and name-calling.

It's hard enough to consider ideas different from your own when information is presented calmly and logically. But when those same ideas are presented in a confrontational or immature manner?

It's hard to even listen.

 
 

 
 

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vlaamseman

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 04:11:05 PM »
Thanks, cara.   Can you site the source of this article?   I want to forward it to a friend in Boulder.

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WorkItOutAlready

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 04:54:47 PM »

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Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 05:06:19 PM »
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I'm posting this on the PA site since there is no Colorado site.

There is now  ;D
"I gave my kid a new credit card after he maxed out his last one.  He maxed the new one too and it appears that I am dumb enough to give him another one."  Too late now to stop.  The debt is too big.

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 05:14:04 PM »
I believe it. I used to live there. Lots of tree hugging do-gooders there.

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GD

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Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 05:16:19 PM »
MARXISTS EXIST BY SUPRESSING THE TRUTH.

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Kilgour Farms

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012, 05:56:51 PM »
Want to see something similar, go to a DRBC hearing!!

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GD

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Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 07:12:36 PM »
AMEN!

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StoneBear454f

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012, 08:26:10 PM »

 Kilgour and GD...actually get this...
 And am proud to know each one individually and
 in different circumstances as well as the same place at the same time...

 With all due respect to the remaining advocates...as few as we are...

 I must now declare what makes us different...
 We three clearly understand this is a 2 front fight...
 Kilgour is Deleware County NY...GD Wayne County PA...
 the Rowdy's are Broome County NY...

 We understand what is wrong with UpState NY...
 But we must also deal with the DRBC...
 and the Water Witch in West Trenton NJ...

 It got real ugly in Trenton...fists where thrown at Loch Sheldrake...
 and it would be impossible to count the Shout Downs...
 Insults and Threats...think that sucks...try this one...
 Narrowsburg...those worthless SOBs chanted...Nazi Bit*h...
 at one of our own Advocates...because she has an accent...

 Four years of remaining life minutes pissed away...by...wait for it...
 Cadaverous Cave Dwelling Landless Lackies...Green on the outside...
 Red on the inside...a watermellon...

 The Rowdys started a gag line about...getting Fraced with a K...
 Watch what happens...do not know when...
 But you will know it when ya see it...it took 4 years...
 
 here is a preview...

 If you choose to Frac...with a K...
 your opinion of Fracing with a K is seriously flawed...OBBY Toerag... 8)...

 Free Genesee Beer for Grandmas and Grandpas...
 in UpState NY...

 

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Kilgour Farms

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2012, 08:53:33 PM »
I remember Narrowsburg, thats where I was threatened with bodily harm, Trenton I was slapped, I forgot where I was when an antie spit at me a couple of different times.

I have sat at the table with many of these anties on another issue but believe me when I tell you, I know what these GAIA's are capable of and willing to do to get their way.
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Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2012, 09:40:45 PM »
"I gave my kid a new credit card after he maxed out his last one.  He maxed the new one too and it appears that I am dumb enough to give him another one."  Too late now to stop.  The debt is too big.

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StoneBear454f

Re: Anti-fracking goons and the right way to protect
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2012, 10:04:21 PM »

 Ya nailed it Admin...and a Bravo Zulu...to...
 Kilgour...and Cara...

 and GD...from Wayne County PA...

 Step up...GD...the floor is Yours...
 
 Your turn...to tell your story... 8)