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Karen Dike, center, a nurse from Longmont, Colo., talks to anti-fracking activists outside the Colorado Convention Center as the Oil and Gas Task Force meets inside to put the final touches on recommendations for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to consider in the settlement of disputes over oil and gas drilling Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Denver. The meeting comes as some activists have renewed a campaign to banning the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

If an army of tie-died hippies in sandals want to douse themselves in patchouli oil, join hands in a ring around a pumpjack in the middle of some snake-infested prairie-dog village and sing Kumbaya until they’re hoarse, knock yourselves out. If they’re trespassing, write them a ticket. If they’re not, let them be