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Longmont voters ban fracking

The city of Longmont already has been sued by the state of Colorado for going too far in limiting oil and gas development through its permit procedure. Now, the citizens of Longmont have voted to amend the city charter to ban hydraulic fracturing of oil wells and storage of the fluids used in the process in the city limits.

Tuesday’s vote in favor of the ban represented 59 percent of the total vote of more than 28,000 people, according to an article in The Denver Post. The question was petitioned onto the ballot.

Energy exploration in the city northeast of Boulder has been a hot issue since 2011, when an energy company proposed to drill near a reservoir.

The Post reported that energy industry advocates spent more than $500,000 opposing the ban, and citizens groups advocating for the ban spent more than $400,000 by the end of October.