Oil and gas wells have moved into urban and highly populated areas of Colorado – in some cases literally bumping up against residential back yards.
The ballot box is shaping up to be the new frontline in the battle over the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.
After an hour of public testimony and discussion, Fort Collins city council members rejected an 8-month moratorium on issuing oil and gas permits.
Anti-fracking activists in Longmont are working to get a measure on the November ballot that would ban the controversial oil and gas drilling practice within the city’s limits.
A task force appointed by the Governor now has less than two weeks to issue its final report on whether local governments should have more authority to regulate oil and gas drilling within their boundaries.