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May 9, 2013 9:14 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado Springs group sues to ban fracking

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A group from Colorado Springs is suing the city in hopes of eventually banning oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, within city limits.

Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights filed the lawsuit Thursday, urging the 4th Judicial District Court to overturn a city decision blocking a petition to amend the city charter to ban drilling. The city has denied the petition a title that it needs before it can be circulated.

Several Colorado towns are grappling with how to regulate fracking, which involves shooting water, sand and chemicals underground to release oil and gas.

The Daily Camera reports the Boulder City Council will consider a fracking moratorium in June. Fort Collins has banned the practice, as has Longmont, which faces a lawsuit from the state.

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