"Colorado Cities’ Fracking Bans Could Be Canary in a Coalmine"

"DENVER — Three Colorado cities voted Tuesday to ban fracking, the kind of test that might be coming to states from California to North Carolina as oil and gas drilling surges from coast to coast."

"The Colorado vote, happening in a state with a long history of energy development, was a trial of whether the oil and gas industry could overcome passionate opposition to the drilling practice that’s helped create an American energy boom.

Voters in Fort Collins and Boulder banned hydraulic fracturing – fracking – for at least the next five years, while a prohibition on all new oil and gas wells passed in Lafayette. A fracking ban in Broomfield fell just 13 votes short, and a recount is likely. Advocates of banning the drilling process argue that it is a threat to air and water."

Sean Cockerham reports for the McClatchy Washington Bureau November 7, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Colorado's Fracking Bans Could Fall Before Courts" (Reuters)

"Colorado Cities’ Rejection of Fracking Poses Political Test for Natural Gas Industry" (New York Times)

"Colorado's Elections Were Fracked" (National Journal)

"Results Mixed on Colorado and Ohio Fracking Ban Initiatives" (National Geographic)

"Colorado An Energy Battleground as Towns Ban Fracking" (Reuters)

"Colorado Rejects Fracking: The Money's Not Talking; Social Media Is" (Forbes)

Editorial: "Regrettable Votes on Colorado Fracking Bans" (Denver Post)

"2013 Election Big Success For Colorado’s Fracking Foes" (KUNC)

"Huge Election Victories for Colorado’s Anti-Fracking Movement" (Ecowatch)

Source: McClatchy, 11/08/2013