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Jan 23, 2013 1:00 PM by AP Posted by Tony Spehar

Fort Collins moves fracking ban toward ballot

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The Fort Collins City Council has taken the first step toward a ballot question about a ban on oil and gas fracking. Under action taken Tuesday, the April ballot question will be on council's agenda for action next month.

Last month the council adopted a moratorium through the end of July on new oil and gas development inside the city and on other city-owned lands. It does not prohibit hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, on existing wells to free gas and oil trapped underground.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://tinyurl.com/awkjknf), people opposed to the oil and gas extraction technique flooded public comment sessions at city council meetings in recent weeks demanding a ballot referendum in the April 2 municipal election asking for a permanent ban.

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