“You think you can intimidate me? Screw you, choose your weapon.” ~Eliot Spitzer
The Gas Mafia’s intimidation tactics are escalating dramatically. People from many shale areas have contacted me with reports of intimidation and there is no doubt the intimidation is escalating.
DO NOT LET THEM SILENCE YOU!
IF THEY SILENCE YOU, THEY WIN!
Anytime they try to intimidate me, I make sure to expose them on this blog for the world to see and, if the threat warrants it, I contact the authorities. Exposing their dirty tactics is the best way to stay safe. I’ve been doing this for quite a while.
If you are being intimidated, never forget why it is happening. It means you are doing good work, and that your opponents are desperate. It is a sign that you are taking actions which challenge the existing power relationships in your community, and that those with power want you to back off.
Here are some of the common intimidation tactics:
- Threatening individuals – They do this to weaken our groups. I have received threats of job loss, bodily harm, community respect and law suits. I still have a job, I haven’t been harmed, no one has sued me and I now get flown places to talk to government officials and advocate for you
- Refuse to deal with leaders – They like to call us “tree huggers” and radicals so the other people in the group will loose respect. (Go ask your children the difference between words and sticks and stones.)
- Isolate the group – They get others to attack your group and your group’s actions or they get your YouTube channel taken down in the hopes you will be too busy defending yourself to expose their dirty tricks.
- Divide and conquer – They like to buy off one member of the group and have that person work on the others. They do this all the time in neighborhoods.
- Group infighting – They try to get different groups to fight with each other. Sometimes this happens with no help from industry. It’s a big time suck.
Shine a bright light on it.
The meanest and nastiest acts of intimidation, like cockroaches, are usually seen only in the dark. When exposed to public scrutiny, an opponent will usually stop – and may even apologize, or disavow the tactic.
I understand that intimidation can be scary and some of the recent tricks have been despicable. But, don’t give in.
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
We are winning!
Update: Another horrific tale of intimidation sent to me by a reader HERE. I stripped the individual’s name out but I can give contact information to reporters.