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Colorado fracking ban sparking nationwide conversation

A hot-button issue garnering nationwide appeal is currently taking place in the state of Colorado.

According to an article by the Denver Business Journal in 2012 and 2013, voters in five Front Range cities approved bans on fracking within their jurisdictions. That ruling came as a result of resident’s concerns over oil and gas companies conducting operations within close proximity of homes, schools and neighborhoods.

Related: Colorado judge strikes down fracking ban

Since July, judges have shot down three of those bans. Longmont, Fort Collins, Lafayette, Boulder and Broomfield were the original five cities included in the ruling. Currently, Boulder and Broomfield are the two cities remaining where the fracking ban still exists. Longmont and Fort Collins are now appealing the decisions.

Colorado Oil and Gas Association spokesman Doug Flanders says:

“People are watching Colorado, across the board, politically and policy-wise. Colorado is definitely in the center of the country and at the center of attention for legal, politics and policy on this issue.”

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