Anti-fracking activists celebrate victory in a fourth Colorado city

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It turns out that it was a clean sweep for opponents of fracking during last week's elections in Colorado.

Voters in the city of Broomfield narrowly approved a five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The initial vote tally indicated that the ballot measure had failed by 13 votes, but by the end of an exhaustive recount on Thursday it was revealed it had actually succeeded by 17 votes. The result is expected to be legally certified today, but because the vote was so close there may still be one more recount.

If the latest vote count holds up, it means that measures to ban or suspend fracking succeeded in all four Colorado cities where they were on the ballot. That despite the oil and gas industry pouring more than $870,000 into efforts to defeat the measures, which were promoted by cash-poor but determined grassroots efforts. Boulder and Fort Collins voters extended existing moratoriums on fracking, while Lafayette straight-up outlawed the practice.

It seems that Coloradoans really don't dig it when energy companies pump their land full of chemicals and pollute their air.

All three of the moratoriums and Lafayette's ban will face legal challenges from the fracking industry and from the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). They accuse the cities of illegally "taking" minerals that don't belong to them.

This article was reposted from Grist.org. Find the original article here.

Photo: Michele Haskell/ Times Herald-Record/AP

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  • Energy companies have no right to declare class warfare on their own customers because they failed to research environmentally sound alternatives that were suggested when the OPEC realignment occurred in the 1970's.
    Maybe we need to establish a POLLUTION TAX on "frackers" until they learn that consumer protection and a clean environment are good business.

    Posted by Richard Grassl, 11/18/2013 4:53pm (8 months ago)

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