Fracking debate turning nasty in Payne County

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STILLWATER, Okla. — The controversy over fracking is turning nasty in Payne County.

Volunteers with Stop Fracking Payne County says someone has been stealing and mutilating their signs.

“We were shocked out here in this neighborhood when we came home and saw, oh my gosh, the sign’s gone,” said Carolyn Meyer.

Signs have not only been stolen, but also run over.

“Obviously, they don’t agree with what’s on the sign and I don’t know.  We can’t catch them,” said Meyer.

Ariel Ross is on her fourth sign.

“It disappeared.  We put up another one.  That one disappeared,” said Ross.

Ross’ husband even tried attaching one to a cable that ran up to the porch, but the vandals just ripped the cable up out of the ground.

“And that caused the creation of the Frankensign,” said Ross.

Frankensign is fortified with pieces of metal and bolted into the ground.

It also has nails sticking out of it.

“It’s untouched so far,” said Ross.

It’s survived three nights and Ross is hoping this will fix the problem.

“I don’t like confrontation.  I’m not trying to be confrontational.  But I’d rather somebody just talk to me about it if they have a problem,” said Ross.

Organizers say whoever is doing this is just strengthening their resolve.

“Stop Fracking Payne County will just keep cranking the signs out,” said Kel Pickens.  “If you steal the signs or tear up the signs, there will just be more and more and more.”

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