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  • Rod Brueske, an anti-fracking activist (or "fractivist") standing in the lobby of the Boulder County Courthouse after his public testimony, admiring an 1983 photograph depicting thousands of activists holding hands to encircle the infamous Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility in protest.

    Moments earlier, in a room filled with over a hundred rowdy citizens screaming angry opinions and chants at the Boulder County Commissioners, Rod used the three minutes granted to him by the process of public commentary to express that his family has been profoundly affected by the hydraulic fracturing wells operating near his home. After detailing the health and safety impacts they've suffered, he ended with this:

    "I've pleaded many times for help from this board of County Commissioners and all I've heard back is..."

    With that, he waited until the buzzer sounded denoting the end of his allocated three minutes.

    "Exactly. Silence."

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