Posted June 25, 2014
Loveland Voters Strike Down Fracking Moratorium
Coloradoan: Loveland voters on Tuesday struck down a proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial oil and gas extraction process that has been restricted in several cities along Colorado’s Front Range.
More than 20,000 ballots were cast, but ultimately the moratorium failed by about 900 votes, said city spokesman Tom Hacker. Results came in just after 10 p.m., making the Loveland election one of the last Colorado races to be decided Tuesday .
“Fortunately that means the Loveland citizens have spoken and that common sense prevailed,” said BJ Nikkel, director of the Loveland Energy Action Project, a group that campaigned against the moratorium.
Loveland is the sixth city to put a halt on fracking to a vote, but the only city thus far to vote against fracking restrictions. In November, four Colorado cities including Fort Collins joined Longmont in restricting the process, which injects chemicals deep into shale formations to extract oil and natural gas.
“It means that people in Loveland have rejected the hype and misinformation campaign,” Nikkel said of Loveland’s unique, but close, vote.
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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.