This one qualifies as an instant classic.
Oil and gas industry lobbyists are maneuvering to block Coloradans who live near drill sites from talking about their experiences during a rule-making hearing next week.
Colorado Oil and Gas Association and Colorado Petroleum Association legal motions argue that state laws and procedural rules bar state commissioners from hearing written or oral testimony from the residents because it would be improper, "abusive and harassing" or irrelevant.
That's right, the fossil fuel folks are actually making this absurd, insulting argument with a straight face. Of course, they're doing so NOT because they're concerned that ordinary citizens' comments might be "irrelevant." To the contrary, they're clearly terrified that the citizens' testimony would be highly relevant, specifically about the adverse health and economic consequences of oil and gas operations near those residents' homes and businesses. As one of those residents put it, "[t]he industry effort to block testimony 'indicates to me they have a concern that some valid arguments will be made.'" Exactly.