A Better Way: Family Before Gravel– Community Before Corporations

Martin Marietta Materials has yet another local controversial legal issue: Paula Oransky, represented by the Denver based firm Springer & Steinberg, filed a lawsuit against Martin Marietta Material’s because she was terminated “without due process and in retaliation for her lawful off-work exercise of her state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, assembly, and petition and in violation of state law on employee off-job activities.”

MMM does not counter the fact that it fired Oransky because of her attempt to protect her family and community from Anadarko Petroleum’s drilling plans in the area (including 36 new wells within two miles of the Oransky home and her children’s elementary school). This was Oransky’s first protest ever, and it was organized by the Erie Protectors –a citizen’s group concerned with the impacts and threats of the massive oil & gas extraction operations that continue to plague their community.

“I wouldn’t want to work at a place that doesn’t value their employees’ right to be active in their own community…I’m pretty conservative in some areas, but not when it comes to corporations having the power over a community, not when there are health impacts. A corporation shouldn’t be able to negatively impact a community that may or may not even have a voice. When corporations have power over people and it’s affecting their health, that’s not an inconvenience, it’s a health issue. There has to be a better way.”

We couldn’t agree more– This case is yet another confirmation of MMM’s utter disregard for communities and their rights. It makes SOSVV very proud that our community has been able to prevent MMM so far from negatively impacting our community–it’s health, wildlife, safety, environment, and freedom. Please join and support us in our mission to protect the St Vrain Valley. Donate, display your yard signs (available at the Mountain Fountain Market in Hygiene or Redstone Liquors in Lyons), get your letters into Dale Case Director of Land Use. There is a better way. Family Before Gravel. Responsible mining in unpopulated areas.

Read the article Boulder Weekly article by Joel Dyer  “Paula Oransky never dreamed she could be fired for protesting against oil and gas wells near home” published on March 29th, 2018.

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