BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — A group seeking a five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Broomfield has submitted petitions with 3,382 names.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports Our Broomfield turned in the petitions Friday. Elections workers have until Aug. 23 to verify that supporters collected at least 2,082 valid voters’ signatures before the proposal can appear on November ballots.

Hydraulic fracturing involves blasting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressures to let oil and gas escape. Industry officials say the practice is safe, but opponents say more research is needed on potential effects on public health and the environment.

Also in November, Lafayette voters will be asked whether to ban new oil and gas extraction there. Voters in Loveland will be asked to consider a two-year moratorium on fracking.

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