Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA)

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Initiatives to ban or place moratoriums on fracking are up for a vote Nov. 5 in four Colorado cities. In campaign finance filings posted Tuesday, opponents of the bans and moratoriums have significantly outspent those in favor of ending the practice.

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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.

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In November, voters in several Front Range communities will consider whether to ban or delay fracking. Many of these same areas are also recovering from September's devastating flooding.

The heavy floodwaters in Colorado this month caused more than 37,000 gallons of oil to spill into or near rivers, and the state's oil and gas industry is rushing to fix equipment damaged during the storm. It comes at a time when there's growing public concern about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Reports are surfacing of damage to a handful of oil and gas wells in the region after Colorado's historic floodwaters swamped large portions of the eastern plains.

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Parts of Colorado’s richest oil field have been inundated with floodwater, raising concerns about thousands of oil and gas wells in the Denver-Julesburg basin.

Theresa Gilbert / Weld Air and Water

Weld County in northeastern Colorado, one of the most drilled in the nation, was also among the hardest hit by this week’s historical floodwaters.

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Starting August 1 oil and gas companies are required to establish a larger 500-foot buffer between new wells and homes.

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A Boulder County judge is allowing state regulators to join a lawsuit from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association challenging Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing.  

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Boulder County Commissioners voted Tuesday against extending the county’s moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permit applications.