Of the five Colorado cities and towns to ban fracking, the lawsuit against Longmont is the first decision to come down. But there is room for the city to appeal the decision, and local environmental groups have vowed that they will do so.
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Colorado’s political establishment has been working overtime to thwart an election day showdown over proposals that would require oil and gas wells to be set back at least a half mile from residences and give towns the ability to enact stricter drilling controls.
The downward population trend has hunters and those who depend on the revenue generated from hunting deeply concerned, as well as biologists who warn that thousands of dead deer are a red flag about the health of the entire ecosystem.