Fort Collins City Council to consider ban on fracking at Tuesday evening meeting

Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fort Collins City Council could vote Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, within the city limits.

The resolution was proposed by City Council Member Gerry Horak. It would exempt wells that are already operational as long as the company comes to an agreement with the city about how it would work.

If the city council does not pass the ban, it would go on the ballot in April for voters to have the final word.

If the measure fails both tests, only about 10 percent of the land within the city limits would potentially be open for future fracking. Still, Horak says it's enough to require the issue be addressed now.

"If it's next to you, it'd be a big deal," he said. "I don't call it fear so much, I call it concern. People have genuine concerns about their health, safety and the environment around them."

Black Diamond Minerals has wells on city property and the CEO calls fracking safe and says it "has limited applications in the city of Fort Collins."

The city council will address the proposed ordinance at 6 p.m Tuesday. The public is invited to attend and provide input.

The city will also be considering a resolution to join forces with the city of Longmont, who is currently in a lawsuit with the state after they passed a ban on fracking last year.

Hydraulic fracturing uses the pressure of a liquid to break rocks and free oil or natural gas.

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