On Wednesday September 27th, 2017, the Erie Protectors shut down a town hall meeting where Anadarko was discussing drilling plans in Erie. The citizens of Erie and Boulder County don't want any oil and gas development, and they have had enough experience with the industry to know that their voices aren't heard through the usual channels.
Community members came out to protect the land and water. They filled the hallway outside the meeting room with chants of "No drills, no pipelines, a healthy climate is our right". County Commissioner Elise Jones made an opportunistic appearance, where she attempted to assure people that drilling would only be done using "safe" technology.
A chant of "We Remember Firestone" began in the meeting room itself, and the meeting was canceled.
Folks read testimonies out loud from those affected by oil and gas development in Erie.
A 13 year-old girl in Erie shared her story. She lives with a drilling well practically in her backyard, so she spent the entire summer indoors, with the windows closed. "It's scary imagining that we could get cancer from this awful thing."
For more videos, see:
Erie Protectors Facebook Page
East Boulder County United Facebook Page