During the December 20, 2011 City Council meeting, I presented the Mayor and Council members with an informational DVD titled, “What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production,” produced by Dr. Theo Colborn of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange. With Fracking being such a hot issue facing the City, this movie contains pertinent information that will help Council members understand the consequences of exposure to chemicals resulting from natural gas drilling.
However, I was shocked when Councilman Santos handed the DVD back to me at the end of the meeting. His unwillingness to understand all sides of an important issue is a very bad sign. When I complained to him about his refusal, he accused me of threatening him.
Well, let’s take a look at this from the other side.
By forcing me to take back the DVD, Santos bullied me. Bullying is defined as: “Using superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. This behavior is not indicative of a public servant I want to serve my community. It is a disgrace to the City for a Mayor Pro Tem to use these tactics.
I also want to address the disrespect showed to our independent experts who were there at the request of Longmont citizens. They brought forth crucial information about the dangers of fracking and its waste of our precious water. But not one Councilmember could muster a single question for them – and then Phil Doe and Wes Wilson were ridiculed for not showing proper decorum. COGA representative Schuller’s comment about purported ‘misinformation’ in Wes and Phil’s presentations comes from the arrogant stance of an Industry Insider.