Thousands of people in the Aspen, Colorado area have no heat after what police are describing as an “intentional attack” on gas services. The temperature was expected to fall to 2 degrees Tuesday night.
Police say there was a coordinated attack that involved three area Black Hills Energy locations. One of the sites had Earth First written on it.
Earth First is a radical environmental group that is made up of domestic terrorists.
Police do not know if Earth First members were involved in the attack or whether it was just written by some other group.
As the workers toiled to repair the damage and restore heat to their customers, weathermen and women are calling for another 8 inches of snow.
The work was time-consuming because workers had to go to every house and turn off the gas, relight the pilot lights to every house where service had been restored. Police have no suspects at the time and even if they do catch someone, do you believe any liberal judge would send them to prison?
Do a quick Google search for “Earth First member sent to prison.”
In a statement, Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn said that the vandals appear to have had “some familiarity” with the natural gas line system.
“They tampered with the flow lines,” he revealed. “They turned off gas lines.”
Linn — who is also working with the FBI as it investigates the attack — added that physical evidence recovered at the three scenes included footprints. The three locations did not have security cameras, Linn said.
In a statement, Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper added, “It’s almost, to me, an act of terrorism. It’s trying to destroy a mountain community at the height of the holiday season. This wasn’t a national gas glitch. This was a purposeful act. Someone is looking to make a statement of some kind.”
And the attack affected businesses at the height of their tourist season, forcing restaurants and hotels to close. Tourists had to leave the mountain resort to find hotels with heat.
Make no mistake about it, this attack endangered lives.