Group seeks hydraulic fracturing ban in Longmont

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The city clerk in Longmont says supporters of a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city can start petitioning to get the measure on the ballot.

The Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/KfoRv6 ) a group backing the measure must gather 5,704 signatures of registered voters by Aug. 28 to put the issue before voters in November.

Hydraulic fracturing involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals to free oil and natural gas.

City Councilman Brian Bagley has said he fears a hydraulic fracturing ban, if adopted in the city, might draw a legal challenge.

The state and some local communities have disagreed over what aspects of drilling communities each can regulate. The Colorado Supreme Court has said cities can't completely ban drilling but can regulate land use.

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