DENVER – The debate over the fracking bans in Broomfield, Fort Collins and Lafayette on the November ballot has been a heated one in recent months, with plenty of media coverage of claims by opponents of fracking.
But missing from any media coverage of the ideological crusade against fracking is the checkered history of the most influential voices in the anti-fracking movement, and the underground money machine that sustains it.
The leader of an initiative to ban fracking in Lafayette, for example, has a long criminal rap sheet, and his fellow activists have well-documented stints with radical liberal causes.
One of the leading groups pushing the fracking bans in Lafayette is East Boulder County United, whose spokesman Cliff Willmeng has taken an aggressive tack against the fracking industry. Willmeng’s mother, Merrily Mazza, is running for City Council in Lafayette on an anti-oil and gas platform. Willmeng wears his hatred of the industry on his sleeve, even posting a picture on his Facebook page of him proudly flipping off an imaginary oil executive. Read more »