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In Lafayette, Group Opposing Fracking Ban Raises $67,000

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The public got a glimpse of fundraising efforts Tuesday by the two Lafayette groups campaigning for and against Question 300, which would ban oil and gas extraction within city limits.

For the reporting period that ended Oct. 10, East Boulder County United raised $1,568 while the Lafayette Campaign For Energy Choice raised $67,074.

East Boulder County United’s contributions came from about a dozen individuals and Food and Water Watch. Lafayette Campaign For Energy Choice received the majority of its money —$66,974 — from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

Doug Flanders, Director of Policy and External Affairs with the Colorado Oil and Gas Association said COGA is financially supporting groups in Lafayette and other cities that are opposing bans.

“Banning a product we all use every day is damaging to the Colorado brand of compromise and reasonableness.  These bans are not an energy plan,” he said.

Westword recently reported that COGA donated $110,237 to Boulder Citizens for Rational Energy Decisions, which is opposing a moratorium on fracking in the city.

Question 300 would prohibit the extraction of oil and gas within city limits except through currently active wells. Earlier this month, Lafayette City Council members passed a resolution in opposition to Question 300 largely due to what they described as fundamental flaws in the ballot language.

Lafayette is one of four Front Range communities that will consider ballot issues that would limit or ban the practice of hydraulic fracking.

We've uploaded a copies of the contributions reports, Lafayette Campaign For Energy Choice is viewable here. You can view East Boulder County United's report here.

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