Thousands in Colorado without heat after vandals attack gas system

From The NYPost

Thousands of residents in Aspen, Colorado were left without heat during near-zero degree weather after vandals — possibly green activists from an environmental group — attacked the city’s gas system, authorities said Monday.

The vandals apparently attacked three separate Black Hills Energy gas lines, one in Aspen and two in Pitkin County, leaving around 3,500 residents shivering in their homes Saturday night, The Aspen Times reported.

The Aspen Police Department said the words “Earth first!”

False flag or not, someone seems to be taking credit

The Aspen Police Department said the words “Earth first!” were written on one pipe near Aspen. It’s unclear if the environmental group “Earth First!” was behind the vandalism.

Well in this age of no consequences for violent protesting I wonder what the chance of some escalating ecoterrorism might be?

HT/Roger K

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December 31, 2020 6:07 am

What do yo want to bet that the Earth First crowd didn’t shut off their own natural gas?

Reply to  Scissor
December 31, 2020 10:05 am

Or they drove back to the airport and flew home to their beach front home in Florida.

Doug Huffman
December 31, 2020 6:07 am

“Well in this age of no consequences for violent protesting I wonder what the chance of some escalating ecoterrorism might be?”

Rage Against The Machine is broader less focused than mere Ecoterrorism. Any criminal repercussions in the Nashville bombing?

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  Doug Huffman
December 31, 2020 8:01 am

You mean aside from the guy who killed himself in the process? Who would you propose to prosecute?

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Tsk Tsk
December 31, 2020 8:51 am

Lone Wolf terrorism like the Nashville bomber has long been a recognized threat by the FBI. Like unabomber Ted Kyzinski, they come out of nowhere as lone individuals with no ties to tracked, known groups, groups that the FBI has infiltrated with informants and surveillance.
Read more here:


There is little that can be done in the absence of LE having reasonable suspicion or probable cause on an individual that stays off of watch lists.

Loren C. Wilson
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 11:22 am

The Nashville bomber’s girlfriend reported him to police because he was building bombs in his RV. The police knocked on his door, he didn’t answer so they went away. No follow-up, no asking a judge for a search warrant, no getting her to present evidence in front of a judge. As usual, there were warning signs that the police did not pursue. Fortunately, he did not want to kill bystanders.

don rady
Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
December 31, 2020 12:12 pm

the police probably headed off to prosecute businesses and people not social distancing correctly, ie; politicians new priority.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  don rady
December 31, 2020 12:48 pm

they had nothing else they could do. thought crimes are the stuff of 1984 and China today.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 2:43 pm

Allegations of diversity (i.e. color judgments), sexism, transgenderism (e.g. trans/homophobia), Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness (i.e. humanitarian) are not merely deplorable, but clear and progressive conditions.

Reply to  n.n
January 1, 2021 12:43 pm

“Progressive” I see what you did there…

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
January 1, 2021 12:42 pm

But here tomorrow.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
December 31, 2020 12:46 pm

they talked to him. he refused to let them search his property. At that point it became a case of he-she said. Fortunately it takes more evidence than the word of jilted girlfriend for the police to get search warrants.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 12:49 pm

I thought the FBI listed “white supremacy” at the top of their domestic terrorism list. 😒

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Philip
December 31, 2020 1:18 pm

The guy apparently was a 5G radiation cell phone conspiracy believer, and also reportedly believed, “green lizard” aliens were on Earth. Looking at Greta and AOC, I find more evidence for the latter nutty belief than the former.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 2:58 pm

Ah, guy was reading too much of David Icke and the reptilian conspiracy.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Philip
December 31, 2020 3:57 pm

In relative terms, Icke makes the greenest econutters look sane and rational.

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Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 8:58 pm

After what we have learned about the FBI in the last decade, I don’t pay much attention to the FBI anymore.

Reply to  Doug Huffman
December 31, 2020 2:40 pm

The alleged perpetrator self-aborted. #HisChoice

Steven Curtis Lohr
December 31, 2020 6:15 am

Earth First disrupting gas lines or Sierra Club and their campaign to release wolves on Colorado’s rural communities all point to a formerly sane and rational Colorado under attack. We have a lot of beautiful landscapes that are attracting just about every stripe of humanity. As a result we are living in interesting times, and not in a good way.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Steven Curtis Lohr
December 31, 2020 5:56 pm

This blessed state obviously also attracted lefty voters in droves. This happened also in Alberta, Canada where an oil, gas and oil sands development boom and high wages brought waves of folk from traditional east coast welfare/semi employed stock who eventually brought Alberta’s first ever socialist government to power! The premier, Rachel Notley, introduced a carbon tax!!

Ordinarily, I would council voting the saboteurs out, but now it seems whatever votes they need to stay in power can be manufactured and delivered by a corrupted postal service or algorithmed in the voting machines to pick the woke candidate. Heck, maybe California, Oregon and Washington became anti American using this method.

December 31, 2020 6:23 am

Wonderful, now we can look forward to some of their primitive means of producing intermittent power : wind (useless) and solar (almost useless)
These ecoterrorists are eco-stupid asses as well. Really, really dumb.

December 31, 2020 6:24 am

When caught a novel punishment should include being locked up in a secure igloo type tiny home with a chimneyed coal stove, a supply of coal, kindling, and matches. As the interior temperature dips lower and lower in this early winter, see how long it is before the inmate lights up to stay warm. All on camera of course.

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Abolition Man
Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 6:34 am

What about a small tent and a three-season sleeping bag? They might acquire a taste for fossil fuels if they were freezing their backsides off all winter long!

Reply to  Abolition Man
December 31, 2020 7:17 am

But did you not notice in Sendergreen’s great post that the vandal is given the stove and coal but it’s not lit for him/her/they. They have to make the conscious choice to light the evil coal in order to save their life. That will be a lasting education.

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Reply to  PCman999
December 31, 2020 7:50 am

“but it’s not lit for him/her/they.”
Or any of another couple of dozen nouveau chic pronouns : )

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 9:09 am

“It” works for me.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
January 1, 2021 5:17 am


Doug Huffman
Reply to  sendergreen
January 1, 2021 6:23 am

HeSheIt run together.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Doug Huffman
January 1, 2021 11:19 am

Or some anagram or other cypher

bob boder
Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 9:33 am

You mean when caught in their parents multi-million dollar estate’s basements.

Reply to  bob boder
December 31, 2020 1:15 pm

HEATED multi-million dollar estate’s basements.

Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 9:58 am

When caught, a novel response would actually be punishment.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 10:34 am

Unfortunately, it’s unconstitutional in the US. Not only can we have guns but there are no “cruel and unusual punishments”.

Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
December 31, 2020 11:51 am

How is it punishment to leave them with ample means to warm themselves? If they were left with no heat (punishment fitting the crime) you might be able to say that, but if they froze to death because they would not light the fire, it would be 100% their choice.

Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
December 31, 2020 1:17 pm

As the progressives keep telling us, “cruel and unusual” is an evolving standard.

Reply to  MarkW
January 1, 2021 12:47 pm

Apparently, there are NO standards that do not “evolve”.

Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
December 31, 2020 2:03 pm

Not only can we have guns but there are no “cruel and unusual punishments”.”

Obviously, you’ve never read court decisions.
State and Federal judges have ruled punishments cruel and unusual, many times.

Quite a few of the cases reached SCOTUS.

Your anti-gun bias inference is a red herring strawman, wholly unrelated to the article above and the comments…

Reply to  sendergreen
December 31, 2020 12:23 pm

Why matches? Let them rub sticks together.

Doug Huffman
Reply to  sendergreen
January 1, 2021 6:22 am

Igloos work great properly built.

A roomie studied to be Arctic ‘trekker’ and bush pilot, and we build a royal igloo, with windows, cold trap, indoor ‘plumbing’. Humidity is the major discomfort.

December 31, 2020 6:29 am

I wonder if the EcoHeroes will be given a parade through town for their stand against the evil fossil fuel industry.

Reply to  SMC
December 31, 2020 2:06 pm

In Aspen Colorado?

Odds are they have backup generators or they went to their ski lodges or registered in a hotel which do have backup generators.

John Bell
December 31, 2020 6:45 am

After they deprived others of fossil fuel heat they went home and warmed themselves with fossil fuel heat, imagine their self loathing for doing that, deeply troubled people being the wort kind of hypocrites, they should be frozen to death as punishment.

Reply to  John Bell
December 31, 2020 9:37 am

I doubt there would be any self loathing, the worst hypocrites are forever blind to their own hypocrisy. But yes let them freeze.

Climate believer
December 31, 2020 6:46 am

….and what if somebody dies of hypothermia due to their vandalism? Do you still tar and feather in the states?

Reply to  Climate believer
December 31, 2020 7:12 am

I think it’s getting ready to make a come back soon.

Reply to  Climate believer
January 1, 2021 12:48 pm

But the tar has to be heated…

George Daddis
December 31, 2020 6:54 am

This country has a recent history of letting these enviro vandals off lightly.
If this doesn’t change we are going to see a lot more of this damage.

Unfortunately, more strict treatment of these criminals is less likely if Biden prevails.

Reply to  George Daddis
December 31, 2020 7:08 am

It’s been going on for a long time. Some get way, some don’t.

Reply to  George Daddis
December 31, 2020 7:11 am

In a sense this is good. When the citizens begin to actually suffer because of what the greenies are demanding, only then will there be serious push back.

Having said the above … I will believe what I’m saying when Republicans start getting elected in Portland.

Reply to  commieBob
December 31, 2020 10:20 am

The hypocrites of Aspen shouldn’t even be using gas in the first place.

As you know this was Aspen. I’ve never been there. I think there is a 3:1 Republican to Democratic party populace. I don’t think there won’t be any push back in Aspen from the hypocrites that make up 70% of the population.

Portland will never elect anyone that will hold them accountable for their own actions. Portland has the most environmental waivers of any other large City; they discharge untreated shit into the Columbia river; they tried for years & lobbied to not have to cover/protect their drinking water per EPA standards. They will die in the streets, and blame others, before stepping up to save themselves.

Reply to  DonM
December 31, 2020 2:51 pm

While I agree Portland will not elect a republican anytime soon you are mostly talking out of ignorance. I have to admit they are not always wrong. This is from an Oregonian who fantasizes about Portland slumping into the Columbia and getting washed out to the Pacific.

-Yes Portland dumps sewer but not on a daily basis. It happens with excessive rains causing the system to overflow where the overflow goes straight into the river. This happens a few times a year, frequency depends on how much and where the storms dump their water. Portland has been revamping their sewer systems to prevent this from occurring, it’s an ongoing project. Otherwise, the problem is not being ignored.

-Yes they fought the EPA on covering drinking water but maybe you should of asked why? Here’s why. First of all Portland had just spent hundreds of millions upgrading their water system when the EPA came out with this ruling. Portland was going to have to spends hundreds of millions more to get into compliance, by pay for it I mean rate payers would foot the bill. Statewide the mandate costs billions. Second, the PNW has some of the purest drinking water in the states, needing little treatment to make it “drinkable”. Third, EPA’s mandate came from a bird born disease propagated via feces (can’t recall the name of the disease offhand). Records show that’s it’s such a threat that no more than a handful of Oregonians contract it a year, it’s more of a problem in warmer climes. Let that sink in for a second, billions of $$ spent to prevent a handful of cases a year… Yes it’s more prevalent in other parts of the country but not here. EPA once again using a 10 lb sledge hammer where 6 oz hammer would of been the proper tool for the job. Portland was right to fight the mandate and all of Oregon was hoping they won.

Not sure what other waivers you are talking about but bet I can shoot them down too. Here’s another example of what I believe one of your waivers might be. Air quality. Portland has three main contributors to air quality. 1) China and trade winds, can’t do a damn thing about it. 2) Columbia river gorge drainage winds. Get a low pressure off the coast or a high out east and winds come blowing out of central/eastern Oregon/Washington down the Columbia gorge and dump all they carry right into the lap of Portland. Same issue of winds getting channeled coming out of the South too, river valley trapped between two mountain ranges funnels everything to Portland. Not a damn thing they can do about it. 3) Port of Portland and Port of Vancouver. Ships burning bunker fuel and older #1 diesel burning port equipment. Portland doesn’t sign those waivers… How bad is the port? Listened to an interview with the head of Oregon’s DEQ several years back and he flat out said the Port is Portland’s #1 contributor to pollution in the city. Clean up the Port and Portland would be in compliance.

Reply to  Darrin
December 31, 2020 4:20 pm

Hey, spend the money to get the shit out of the storm sewer. It’s that simple isn’t it. No? That money can be better spent on other important Portland programs? All of Portland’s other projects are money better spent than getting the shit out of the storm sewer system?

If Portland had to follow the same standards that all the other Cities in Oregon have to follow, there might be some recognition at the State governance level that there are FEDERAL regulations & policies that suck, and are inefficient, and that never should have been adopted. Enforce the regulations equally, across the board, and the bad regulations will go away. (or you can just screw the little guy & get waivers for those that have the influence to get the waivers … which is the better choice?)

“Portland was right to fight the (Clean Water Act) mandate and all of Oregon was hoping they won.” Not true … Portland embraces crap policies and it trickles down to the rest of the State. Very few people outside of Portland even knew they were trying to skirt Federal Clean Water Act mandates (while at the same time acting as if all Federal environmental mandates are saving us from certain death). If people did know, they would be smiling at the ironic justice.

Reply to  Darrin
January 1, 2021 12:53 pm

I am reminded of the City of Milwaukee about fifteen years ago. They had been “upgrading” their storm sewer system for many years (hah!), but when torrential rains hit, they dumped the untreated sewage into Lake Michigan.

A private company that allowed a small fraction of that would have been driven into bankruptcy, and its managers imprisoned, but all the City got was some bad press for a week or so.

December 31, 2020 7:06 am


Makes me wonder how the vandals got to each sabotage site? Think they hiked in the cold weather, or rode a horse? Hmmmm……

Gums wonders…

December 31, 2020 7:18 am

Isn’t Aspen one of the Colorado communities that outlawed wood-burning stoves because of the smoke? Maybe they need those now?

Reply to  starzmom
December 31, 2020 8:42 am

Nope, not outlawed.

They do require the stoves to be on the Colorado or EPA approved list, usually meaning they have a catalytic combustor. A great idea anyway, the catalytic combustor helps you get more heat from your wood and helps keep your chimney cleaner.

Reply to  Drake
December 31, 2020 12:23 pm

Yeah, a great idea using platinum or palladium as catalysts, rare earth metals all mined, refined and shipped using fossil fuels and more expensive than gold.

December 31, 2020 7:26 am

Hell might just freeze over.

Steve Oregon
December 31, 2020 8:02 am

This may be a very bad sign.
Once bad people get a hefty grasp at how impacting attacks on vulnerable infrastructure can be they’ll also realize how easy it is and mayhem may ensue.
At the same time there seems to be a reduction of severe consequences for many crimes.
Not good.

Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 8:42 am

Colorado’s electricity is almost exclusively natural gas and coal sourced energy.

Coal and natural gas provide over 90% of the energy for Colorado’s electricity consumption.
See a full profile of Colorado and source and energy consumption here:

Colorado’s wind farms and renewable energy portfolio is heavily concentrated on the flat prairies of eastern Colorado, far from the mountainous western regions where renewable power in not economically or environmentally viable, even by heavily subsidized wind and solar standards. These Earth First vandals are the same mindset that also likes to cut the cables on ski lifts.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 11:45 am

“or environmentally viable”

since when did that stop the eco-loons. !!

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  fred250
December 31, 2020 1:33 pm

Cape Wind offshore wind project off Cape Cod was fought off for years by limousine-Liberal dimwits like John Kery-Heinz and the Kennedy Klan. Elitist Libtards are all for climate scam sacrifices… as long as they are someone else’s sacrifices.

December 31, 2020 8:48 am

They are proving one thing we don’t want nut cases like that in charge! When they destroy and threaten that is when you need the police and honest prosecutors and judges. And don’t vote for anyone who supports the nutjobs.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Olen
December 31, 2020 9:42 am

The problem is that these econutter groups are part of libtard Governor Polis’s political support base, a base that keeps all libtards in political power by duping ignorant voters. Similar to why Portland and Seattle’s libtard Mayors can’t move aggressively against their anarchist supporters. It is why they can’t be allowed to hold political power without bad things happening to civil society.

Reply to  Olen
December 31, 2020 9:53 am

I agree, but it’s largely too late.

John VC
December 31, 2020 10:16 am

My opinion—criminal activity like this is such a threat to the health and well being of so many, it should be classed as a capital crime.

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Reply to  John VC
December 31, 2020 11:47 am

Attacking energy infrastructure is akin to domestic terrorism..

… and should be treated as such.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  fred250
December 31, 2020 12:04 pm

So does that make Biden’s Green Plans terrorism also? (I think so)

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  fred250
December 31, 2020 1:39 pm

Common vandalism is typically a misdemeanor charge. when it involves energy and telecommunications destruction, most states charge those as felony vandalism.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  John VC
December 31, 2020 1:36 pm

If someone does die as a result of their vandalism they can be charged with invol manslaughter. the problem is catching them and proving they did it.

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lyn roberts
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 31, 2020 3:45 pm

what about the costs of hospital, dr’s treatment when you get sick from a chill. Although we live in Brisbane, husband with his viral heart failure, needs air-conditioning in summer to help keep humidity down, and warm dry air in the winter as a cold virus at best will put him back in heart hospital, at worst will kill him. All I can say is thank you for our universal health care, he would not be here otherwise.

Gunga Din
December 31, 2020 11:10 am

David Foreman was a co-founder of Earth First.
Here are some of his quotes.

Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.

Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We’re not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.

We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam constructions, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of previously settled land.

The AIDS epidemic, rather than being a scourge, is a welcome development in the inevitable reduction of human population… If it didn’t exist, radical environmentalists would have to invent it.

The optimum human population of earth is zero.

I founded Friends of the Earth to make the Sierra Club look reasonable. Then I founded the Earth Island Institute to make Friends of the Earth seem reasonable.

We must all work together in order to save the environment and the world that we live in from further change.

An Ice Age is coming and I welcome it as much-needed changing. I see no solution to our ruination of earth except for a drastic reduction of the human population.

Max P
Reply to  Gunga Din
December 31, 2020 12:20 pm

I would have the following message for David Foreman.

Begin message:

Go perform an anatomically impossible act upon yourself.

End message

Reply to  Gunga Din
December 31, 2020 12:48 pm

David Attenborough and the whole Population Matters (AKA Optimum Population Trust) bunch of human haters are just as bad.

I’ll leave this paper on population here for you to peruse:

‘are we too many?’

December 31, 2020 11:44 am

I’m curious what a handwriting expert would say about this message. It should be no surprise, but it looks to me like the handwriting of a psychopath. They can’t even get their t’s to be consistent. One is a straight t, and one is with a hooked bottom. the angles and leanings of all the letters are all rather random and askew. Lock this person up before they kill more, because they will.

Reply to  WR2
December 31, 2020 5:20 pm

The poor sap can’t cross his “t”s any lower…

December 31, 2020 12:05 pm

I’m surprised they even know how to spell “earth” and “first”. Someone must have helped them with that! No doubt they used a marker with a non-petroleum based ink, and they performed their terrorism in a socially-distant WuFlu-safe manner.

don rady
December 31, 2020 12:16 pm

Partial blame needs to go to the main stream press and the pro global warming crowd. they hype these people up enough that the perps probably think they are doing a good thing.

December 31, 2020 12:19 pm

If it wasn’t Earth First they have a problem

December 31, 2020 12:46 pm

Earth First!
Should actually read…
Me First!


December 31, 2020 12:55 pm

I saw there have been 4 “reported” wind turbine fires over the last month, 3 being last week.

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December 31, 2020 1:41 pm

Any of the vandals get caught, and it’s real hard to believe they failed to leave fingerprints, and they should be charged with terrorism, attempted murder and acts of piracy.

December 31, 2020 2:39 pm

Social justice for Earth? Humans, black, brown, white, yellow, orange, baby… fetal, second. A great leap/reset in social progress. There are diverse precedents for wicked solutions to what are purported to be hard problems.

December 31, 2020 9:55 pm

Kinda crappy welding and those bolts have never been in the outdoors.
Looks like an inside job (on many levels).

High Treason
December 31, 2020 11:50 pm

What if someone froze to death because of this? One thing that should happen is that if the perpetrator is found and convicted, because they decreed others can not have gas-forced their undebated ideas on them, they MUST be denied gas heating and gas cooking along with gas power backup permanently or at least say 20 years. They will have to live the rest of their pathetic lives without gas. It will serve as an example to others-impose your will and the rest of your life will be swill.

January 1, 2021 5:14 am

Space heaters, huh? Well, since my furnace had to be replaced in the midst of freaking cold weather in October, and my little space heater kept the kitchen and the cat warm, I can confirm that while space heaters are nice, they are not sufficient in really bad weather. Good insulation helps, and I have it, but having a fireplace is better.

And those ecohippies that did this? I hope they get this stuff right back in their laps. What a bunch of jerks.

Robert of Ottawa
January 1, 2021 6:32 am

The eco-fascists become emboldened by a Biden Presidency.

January 1, 2021 3:28 pm

Did the attack cause the leaking of gas into the atmosphere? or just shutting off flow?
The GWP of unburnt Methane is higher than the CO2 from Methane combustion. So to reduce global warming its better to burn methane than to let it into the atmosphere.

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