Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking
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Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and oil production through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Though
Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing on November 6th by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted to reject gas and oil production through fracking. Though fracking has been around since the 1940s, it’s been a hot-button topic and the focus of environmentalists for more than a decade. That’s because a man named George Mitchell transformed the world of fracking in the 1990s with a horizontal drilling process that could tap into shale rock formations to release natural gas. After horizontal fracking took off, the U.S. experienced an energy boom. More jobs were created, the cost of energy went down and the economy thrived. But the longer this type of fracking took place, the more environmentalists became aware of some serious issues.
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