Radical environmental group allegedly threatens Colorado town's water
Monday, October 14, 2002
(10-14) 18:29 PDT WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) --
A radical environmental group that claimed responsibility for a $12 million fire at Vail four years ago has threatened this mountain town's water supply, authorities said.
A letter signed by the Earth Liberation Front and sent to the Grand County sheriff and the FBI made a threat against the town's two underground water tanks, undersheriff Glenn Trainor said Monday.
The nature of the threat was unclear. The tanks each hold 1 million gallons.
"I would say we're taking their threats very seriously," Trainor told KUSA-TV in Denver. It was not clear when the agencies received the letters.
The Denver Water Board said Monday it received a letter from ELF on Oct. 2, but spokeswoman Trina McGuire-Collier would not discuss its contents.
The city of Denver owns the Winter Park ski resort, but Winter Park's town water supply is operated by a local district. The Denver Water Board has more than 1.1 million customers in the Denver area and owns reservoirs, tunnels and pumping facilities throughout Colorado's eastern mountains.
It was not immediately clear why Winter Park's water supply was threatened.
Trainor and the FBI did not immediately return telephone calls Monday.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, ELF's press office said it had not received any communications from any ELF group about the Winter Park threat. The e-mail said the press office usually receives notice only after an action has been taken.
The e-mail was in response to an interview request made through the group's Web site.
The FBI considers the shadowy ELF to be a terrorist group. In March, U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., said, "The ELF is the single largest domestic terrorism threat in our country right now."
ELF's stated goal is to inflict economic damage on those profiting from environmental destruction.
ELF claimed responsibility for burning down a lodge at the Vail ski area in 1998. The group said it was angered by the ski resort's expansion into what it said was lynx habitat. No one has been arrested.
It has also claimed responsibility for incidents in Oregon and Indiana, and an e-mail sent anonymously to a newspaper last month said ELF was responsible for a $700,000 fire on Aug. 11 at a forest research station in Pennsylvania.
[from repost: hey ELF Press Office - for the sake of the direct action movement, will y'all please clarify whether threats/acts of physical violence against humans are within ELF's guidelines? if the guidelines exclude these acts, could you say so? right now the guidelines exclude violence - and the adjacent post selected for ELF"s website advocates "armed struggle". no longer possible to have it both ways.... please respond..
to be precise:
does the recent call for "armed struggle" from PA fit ELF guidelines?
if not, why is the call posted on the ELW web site?
is the threat to poison UT water supplies consistent with ELF guidelines?
if not, will the ELF PO explicitly and publicly disavow the threat?
if the UT threat is placed on the ELF PO's website, how does that agree/disagree with ELF's stated guidelines......?