Colorado city rejects fracking moratorium

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado municipality of Loveland has rejected a fracking moratorium that would have made it the sixth community to limit or ban hydraulic fracturing.

The two-year moratorium failed by about 1,000 votes, out of about 23,000 ballots cast.

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Five other municipalities in Colorado have voted to limit or ban hydraulic fracturing, an action that state oil and gas regulators have said isn’t permitted.

The Tuesday vote hit a snag because of voter confusion. Some voters returned ballots in the wrong envelope, prompting an election-day emergency order from the Secretary of State.

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