Fracking moratorium defeated in Loveland

LOVELAND, Colo. - Loveland voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have imposed a two-year stay on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the City limits, according to unofficial election results.

The vote total opposing the fracking moratorium was 10,844, while those in favor totaled 9,942.

The citizen-initiated ballot question read:

 "Shall an ordinance be adopted that places a two-year moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing within the City of Loveland to extract oil, gas or other hydrocarbons and on the storage and disposal of its waste products in order to fully study the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on property values and human health?"

Fracking is a technology that forces water, sand and chemicals into deep underground well bores, breaking open shale formations to release oil and gas they contain.

The Tuesday vote hit a snag because of voter confusion. Some voters returned ballots in the wrong envelope, prompting an election-day emergency order from the Secretary of State.

Five other Colorado cities have previously voted to limit or ban hydraulic fracturing, an action that state oil and gas regulators have said isn't permitted.

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