Pro-fracking group holding rally Tuesday in Loveland

City considering limits on hydraulic fracturing

LOVELAND, Colo. - A pro-fracking group is holding a rally Tuesday evening to oppose an upcoming ballot measure to put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The Reporter-Herald reports that the rally comes just before a city council meeting.

On June 24 Loveland will become the latest Front Range city to consider some sort of limits on the procedure.

Business groups are largely opposed to Loveland's ballot measure. The proposed initiative would suspend fracking in city limits for two years. It would also prohibit for the same time the storage and disposal of waste products from hydraulic fracturing in the Loveland city limits.

Voters passed fracking bans in Fort Collins, Boulder and Lafayette in 2013.

-- Debate over impact on health --

A study by the University of Missouri found chemicals from fracking that could cause infertility, cancer and birth defects in water near drilling sites in Colorado in 2013.

Scientists said the process of hydraulic fracturing uses 11 chemicals that can disrupt the body's hormones.

Researchers took surface and ground water samples from sites in Garfield County, which has more than 10,000 natural gas wells, according to the study.

Researchers say they found higher levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in water near fracking sites than in areas without drilling.

But a separate study commissioned by the town of Erie and conducted by the environmental firm, Pinyon Environmental of Lakewood, found fracking was not likey to cause significant health issues.

The study measured levels of emissions near wellheads in Erie in 2012. It found, "...concentrations of various compounds (ethane, propane, butane and benzene)... comparatively low..."

It also found, "...a lifetime of exposure to those levels were unlikely to result in adverse health effects for people."

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