Oil, gas heavily outspending anti-fracking efforts

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Association is spending heavily to defeat four anti-fracking measures pending on municipal ballots across northern Colorado.

The Denver Post reports that drilling supporters have spent more than $600,000 to oppose by groups attempting to limit drilling in Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette and Broomfield. That’s nearly 40 times more than the groups themselves have raised.

The newspaper reports that more than 99 percent of the total opposition donations on the fracking measures have come from COGA.

Drilling is relatively rare in the counties where the initiatives are based. An Oct. 7 report by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s showed that of 51,398 active wells in the state, 321 were in Boulder County, 254 Larimer County and 97 in Broomfield County.