Fort Collins City Council votes 5-2 to ban fracking within city limits

Dozens of people urge council to ban fracking

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fort Collins City Council voted to ban fracking within the city limits on Tuesday night.

The Coloradoan reported that council members voted 5-2 to give final approval to an ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking as the gas and oil exploration technique is called. Council members Wade Troxell and Aislinn Kottwitz opposed the ordinance.

The vote came after hours of emotional testimony from about 65 speakers, nearly all urging the council to imposed the ban to protect the city's air and water from pollution, the newspaper reported.

Mayor pro tem Kelly Ohlson said state regulators have no credibility with him, nor does Gov. John Hickenlooper, who said last week the state would sue the city if it passed a ban, the Coloradoan reported.

"I believe the governor should spend his time protecting the health and safety and welfare of citizens of Colorado rather than acting like the chief lobbyist for the oil and gas industry," Ohlson said. "In fact, I think he should literally quit drinking the fracking Kool-Aid."