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BOULDER – Would you like to know what the fracking conversation in Colorado has come to? Well, you’ll notice extra security at a state meeting this week to discuss an anti-fracking ballot question. That question is being pushed by a guy who says it’s morally responsible to blow up oil wells and “eliminate” energy workers.
Call this observation biased, if you want, but if you’re hinting at killing your opponents, you’ve probably lost the argument. Anyway…
The Boulder Daily Camera published a letter to the editor from a man named Andrew O’Connor, who finished his argument against fracking with this:
“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?”
“Those workers are the same people who will be in the room at the title-setting process,” says Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert. She has to set up a meeting where O’Connor and the oil industry will both be there, arguing over a tax increase that O’Connor wants to put on the ballot.
That meeting would normally happen at a downtown Denver office building that houses the Secretary of State’s office, but Staiert says they have to delay that meeting and find space in a secure building with metal detectors, because of the what O’Connor wrote.
“From this point on, that will be a security obligation that we’re obligated to take,” Staiert says.
Next talked to O’Connor by phone and said he was not advocating for blowing up people, just the oil wells.
“The only one who would argue that is some Republican, some conservative a**hole from oil and gas … the Secretary of State is being ridiclous drama queens it doesn’t mean that at all.”
When he wrote about “eliminating” workers, O’Connor says he meant putting them out of work, not hurting them.