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Anti-Fracking Group Targets Lafayette City Council

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A green goo, or flow-back fluid had been leaking from an oil well in Weld County. (credit: CBS)

A green goo, or flow-back fluid had been leaking from an oil well in Weld County. (credit: CBS)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4) – A group called Boulder County United is going after hydraulic fracturing and the group is targeting the Lafayette City Council.

At a meeting on Tuesday the anti-fracking group plans to ask council members for a halt in drilling until they look into the community impact. The group also wants a vote on whether fracking should be allowed.

Fort Collins is getting close to a city wide fracking ban. The final vote is likely to come on Tuesday. It’s a point of contention between Fort Collins and state leaders as Gov. John Hickenlooper said he’ll sue any city that enacts a ban.

Hickenlooper says banning fracking violates private property rights and suggests strict regulations instead of a ban.

The vote comes one week after an oil and gas well four miles east of Fort Collins leaked 84,000 gallons of so-called flow-back water, which can be a byproduct of the fracking process. The state says it contained fracking chemicals.

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