Fort Collins City Council votes to ban fracking

11:53 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS - The Fort Collins City Council voted Tuesday night to impose a ban on fracking within the city of Fort Collins, despite Governor Hickenlooper's threat to sue any municipality that passes a ban.

Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper said the state would take action against any community that bans Hydraulic Fracturing. Hickenlooper says it would violate property owners' rights.

"He seems at times to be more concerned about the gas industry, rather than the health and safety of the citizens he represents," Kelly Ohlson, Mayor Pro Tem of Fort Collins, said. "I don't do well with threats, so I'm just going to vote my conscious and what I think is the best decision and that would be to ban fracking in the city of Fort Collins."

Supporters of fracking figured the council would vote in support of the ban.

"I think it's going to result in very costly litigation for the city. I think Governor Hickenlooper has made it very clear," Stan Dempsey, President of the Colorado Petroleum Association, said.

The Mayor of Fort Collins says she rarely supports a ban or moratorium. She says they're meant for crisis situations.

"I think it is the appropriate route to go," Mayor Karen Weitkunat said.

The ban will go in to effect in 10 days, according to the city council.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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