DENVER - Democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives announced Monday they had failed to reach a deal to give local government more control over fracking.
The effort, which was spearheaded by Re. Su Ryden (D-Aurora) would have taken some steam out of the issue in this year's elections.
A statewide-ballot question to allow local governments to ban fracking is being promoted (and funded in large part) by congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado.)
The idea was to strike a deal to avoid the ballot question.
Ryden was crafting a bill that would have granted more authority to local governments over the areas in which oil wells could be established and would have given cities and counties the ability to enforce other local laws like noise ordinances against oil and gas operations.
"Our conversations have been productive, but we haven't yet struck an accord with all of the stakeholders," Ryden said in a joint statement with House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder.) "We've run out of time in this session to pass consensus legislation."
Any bill needs to pass an initial floor vote by the end of Monday to have time to become law in the regular session, which ends Wednesday.
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