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Threats issued to Frack Free Denton

Frack Free Denton has received two death threats.

Watching our community come together and work for a safer and healthier Denton has been an inspiration to us, and we believe Denton is a stronger city for it. The people we have met are passionate about banning fracking in Denton but we have met no one so passionate they would threaten to inflict harm to another.

This is not the case for the ban opposition. The oil and gas industry is known for bullying and threatening people. We were criticized because Earthworks accepted donations on behalf of Frack Free Denton, but this is exactly why some people who want to donate feel they must remain anonymous.

We feel the best way to handle these cowardly acts is turning the threats over to authorities and exposing the threats publicly.  Names will be given to the police but withheld here.

Threat one:
From:XXXXX
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 8:41 PM
To:info@frackfreedenton.com
Subject: fracking

You people are socialist jerks.  DEATH TO YOU ALL.

Threat two:
I’M FOR SAVING THE PLANET BIT WITHIN REASON…AND NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMANITY…MAKE AN IMPACT WHERE YOU CAN BE EFFECTIVE… 80% OF SOCIETY IS LAUGHING AT YOU AND IF YOU DID MANAGE TO STOP FRACING…WELL THAT 80% WOULD BURN YOU AT THE STAKE…AND I WOULD LIGHT THE FIRE
https://www.facebook.com/XXXXX

Here is some excellent advice on how to deal with intimidation from Western Organization or Resource Councils WORC:

If you are being intimidated, never forget why it is happening. It means you are doing good work, and that your opponents are desperate. It is a sign that you are taking actions which challenge the existing power relationships in your community, and that those with power want you to back off.

 

DMN Letter: Data ties drilling to poor air quality

DAG board member, Ed Soph’s letter to the editor was published in the Dallas Morning News

Data ties drilling to poor air quality

Re: “Change the EPA paradigm,” by Bryan Shaw, Monday Letters.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality chairman Bryan W. Shaw writes that “important scientific information” was left out of The Dallas Morning News story of April 8, “Industries, TCEQ fight study linking death, ozone — EPA considers tighter limits on major N. Texas pollutant.” Indeed, it was.

Questioning the TCEQ’s assumption that gas and oil well drilling have no effect on ozone production and that ozone levels, as mentioned by Shaw, have actually dropped, Dr. Mahdi Ahmadi of the University of North Texas downloaded over 15 years of the TCEQ’s ozone air monitoring data, more than 6.5 million data points of it.

The data reveals that air monitoring sites west of the D-FW metroplex near gas and oil production sites indicated smaller long-term trends in ozone reduction than sites farther from the wells on the east side of the metroplex.

The data also shows that D-FW now has increasing levels of “winter ozone” in the cooler months normally not associated with ozone formation. This, too, is attributed to gas and oil well operations.

There are deleterious long-term effects on our air quality from fossil fuel extraction both locally and regionally.

The TCEQ is, again, on the side of the polluting industry and not the people.

Ed Soph, Denton