Long list of applicants delays decision on oil and gas task force

OilPumpBy Peter Marcus – Durango Herald – August 18, 2014

Picking the task force charged by Gov. John Hickenlooper to make recommendations on new gas and oil regulations has been delayed by an outpouring of interest.

La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, a Democrat from Durango who has been appointed chairwoman of the task force, said Hickenlooper had hoped to make the announcement last week, but an avalanche of applications has delayed the process.

The hope is for an announcement on the membership this week.

“It’s proved to be a more difficult task because so many qualified folks applied,” Lachelt said.

The governor’s office said  about 175 names from across the state have been submitted for three categories: people directly affected by gas and oil activities, such as homeowners and local governments; gas and oil industry representatives; and civic leaders. The governor’s office will pick six people from each category

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