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Colorado Public News

Oil and gas wells have moved into urban and highly populated areas of Colorado – in some cases literally bumping up against residential back yards.

Kirk Siegler / KUNC

The ballot box is shaping up to be the new frontline in the battle over the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing. 

Grace Hood

After an hour of public testimony and discussion, Fort Collins city council members rejected an 8-month moratorium on issuing oil and gas permits.

Photo by Kirk Siegler/KUNC

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. 

Photo by Kirk Siegler

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. 

Windsor is one of several cities and towns along the Front Range that’s experiencing a surge in oil and gas drilling and the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, and some residents worried about the impacts of the boom are planning to gather at a public forum there Wednesday night.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The chairman of a Governor-appointed task force on oil and gas drilling says the panel is on-track to meet its April 18th deadline, despite concerns raised by some that the work load is too great.

Photo by Kirk Siegler

One Republican member of a governor-appointed task force on oil and gas drilling says the panel is little more than political cover for state leaders who don’t want to deal with the controversial issue of fracking – and its spread into populated areas along the Front Range.

More than a dozen Colorado conservation groups are blasting Governor John Hickenlooper for touting the state’s oil and gas regulations in a radio ad sponsored by an industry trade group.  KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports the groups sent a letter to the Democrat Monday taking issue with one part of the ad in particular.

Robert D. Tonsing / Colorado Public News

Colorado’s oil and gas boom combined with a cash-strapped state government has caused a backlog of 1,800 pending air pollution control permits for oil and gas equipment.