On Tuesday night, Loveland, CO voters struck down a proposed moratorium on fracking that would have lasted two years. The measure was defeated by about 900 votes, with more than 20,000 ballots cast overall. Loveland is the sixth city in Colorado to vote on fracking restrictions but the first to defeat such a measure. The National Review reports that “since 2012, Boulder, Fort Collins and Broomfield have all approved moratoriums on fracking, while Longmont and Lafayette enacted bans. And Colorado may also soon consider around a dozen proposed ballot measures that would likely result in more restrictions on fracking across the state.”
“I am delighted the people of Loveland have rejected the fear and misinformation sown throughout this campaign and have instead said yes to responsible energy development in their community,” said Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association told KUSA. “This is a good example of what happens when voters have access to the facts about hydraulic fracturing and energy development. This ballot measure was about banning energy development, and the people of Loveland embraced cooperation by rejecting this ban.”
Various legal complications kept the measure off of the November ballot and led to the vote being held on the same day as the scheduled county election. According to The Coloradoan, city spokesman Tom Hacker said that there has been little drilling activity in Loveland over the past few years and there are no wells scheduled to be drilled in the area.