Hickenlooper Task Force Member Denies Support for Fracking Ban

The Denver Post reports that “La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt pushed back against comments that Bob Beauprez, the Republican challenger for governor, made in a debate Thursday suggesting she supports a ban on fracking.”

Gwen Lachelt is the co-chair of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force, along with Randy Cleveland, president of XTO Energy Inc. Democrat Lachelt “has worked on gas and oil accountability in Southwest Colorado for more than 25 years, founding Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project in 1999 and serving as director before becoming a county commissioner in the 2012 election,” according to The Durango Herald.

“It seems as though Beauprez is trying to discredit the work of the task force,” Lachelt said. “It is not based on information that exists.”