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Gas Association busted for falsifying signatures on a petition. Surprised?

Gas drillers were caught lying to public officials. About 66% of the signatures were falsified. Company blames a PR firm, which, it seems, specializes in fudging petitions.

The drillers used the petition to lobby a local government in Colorado to pass fracking laws. Shit is fracked up and bullshit.

Pro-fracking petition with fake signatures embarrasses gas association

A full two-thirds of those denied signing or endorsing a petition opposing a ban on fracking in Fort Collins. Not only was the petition a big fat lie, it was a laughably amateur effort to deceive the city’s lawmakers. From the Coloradoan:

Cali Rastrelli’s name is signed at the bottom of a petition submitted to the council. At the top, the petition says in bold letters, “Vote NO on the Fort Collins fracking ban.”

“Big Bill Pizza” is written in the blank where the signer could enter their business or organization.

“I haven’t signed any petition in the last month,” said Rastrelli, a Colorado State University student who lives in student housing. “I didn’t put my name on this.”

By the end of last week, the association was acknowledging that “mistakes were made.” A subsequent internal audit “identified numerous areas for improvement.” Now association officials are trying to retract the petition. And they are failing.
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      People and their motives…
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    13. bluiz66 answered: hmmm, that’s a bad deal, lot’s a people went bust in the 70s & 80s when oil died where I’m from and life is starting to turn around again…
    14. ybb55 answered: The land oweners who stand to gain big time also rig petitions.
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    17. brashley46 answered: they could not actually threaten those who refused to acknowledge their fake signatures.Not this year. Maybe next, eh?
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      Occasionally, despite the boss class’s best efforts, the truth comes out. Usually when they have not in fact put their...
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