Colorado Community Votes to Allow Fracking Within the Community

The Colorado residents of Loveland voted Tuesday to reject a fracking moratorium that was on the ballet. The vote was close; out of more than 20,000 ballots cast, the moratorium, which would have banned fracking for a two-year period, failed by about 900 votes, the Coloradoan reported.

Loveland was the sixth municipality in Colorado to take up the issue. In the previous five votes on fracking moratoriums, the Colorado municipalities holding the votes – Lafayette, Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont and Fort Collins – voted to limit or ban hydraulic fracturing, according to the New York Times.

Loveland Energy Action Project, a group that campaigned against the moratorium, told the Coloradoan that in Tuesday’s election, “common sense prevailed.”  

The vote on whether or not to put a moratorium on fracking was the only item on Loveland’s special election ballot, and turnout was close to 50 percent, the Coloradoan said.

Because of Colorado’s historic importance as an oil and gas state, votes on fracking carry extra weight, the New York Times reported.

Last September, record rainfall in north-central Colorado created catastrophic flooding. While environmental damage was minimal, the picture painted by seeing overturned tanks of drilling wastewater and flooded drilling pads fed into sentiment against fracking, the New York Times said. The images of the floods likely contributed to the outcomes of three moratoriums passed last November in Colorado.

“There’s no doubt that seeing tanks floating down the Platte River, seeing oil spills spread out across floodwaters as they traveled toward agricultural land, had a significant impact. It sure caused citizens to think twice,” Sam Schabacker, a regional director for a Colorado antifracking group, told the New York Times.


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