Fracking to be allowed in Boulder County

7:19 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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Thursday's meeting was crowded with opponents but was civil. Citing a "bullying atmosphere" at a previous meeting, commissioners approved a security plan to remove anyone who would have disrupted the meeting where the commission unanimously approved the regulations.

Opponents wanted the county to ban fracking, saying the procedure blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas is unsafe. Supporters say the procedure is safe and the state has sufficient regulations in place to protect the public.

Boulder County has not updated the way it regulates the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years.

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