3 Front Range cities ban hydraulic fracturing

BROOMFIELD — Voters in three Front Range cities have voted to ban hydraulic fracturing. A fourth measure on the ballot in Broomfield was failing by just 13 votes at the end of the unofficial count.

Voters in Fort Collins passed a five-year halt to fracking in Tuesday’s election while Lafayette voters banned all new oil and gas drilling in the city. Citizens in those two cities petitioned to get the measures on ballots after city councilors rejected pursuing bans.

Boulder voters also backed a fracking ban.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association says the votes in Boulder and Lafayette are symbolic since the industry isn’t active there.

The industry campaigned against the measure but activists say they were able to win in at least three cities thanks to dedicated volunteers.


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