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Voters in four Colorado cities may call timeout on fracking

Posted:   10/13/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT

Front Range residents are forcing faceoffs over oil and gas drilling in their midst, challenging the power of state regulators charged with balancing drilling and protection of health and the environment.

Four ballot measures put forth by residents of Boulder, Broomfield, Fort Collins and Lafayette will give voters the chance to declare timeout — and, in one case, ban new drilling and industry-waste disposal.

This resistance reflects Colorado’s emergence as a battle zone for hashing out the national problem of wanting increased domestic energy production but also an environmentally sustainable future.

The proposed ban, in Lafayette, also would try to codify community rights as superior to corporate mineral interests.


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