Loveland, CO Votes on Fracking Moratorium Today

Loveland, CO Voters are voting today on a ballot initiative to implement a two-year moratorium on fracking in the town. Ballots must be cast today by 7 p.m. in order to be counted by the city clerk’s office.

This vote comes after some Loveland City Council members expressed hesitation about endorsing the moratorium, as it “raises several points of contention with the measure, including the lack of definition or estimated cost associated with studies, possible litigation, infringement of the rights of mineral rights owners and economic impact” according to the Reporter-Herald.

Across Colorado, the fate of local initiatives that ban fracking is uncertain as Governor Hickenlooper continues to gather support for legislation that would make municipalities unable to adopt an outright ban on fracking while allowing for more local control over noise regulation and setback requirements for wells.