Fracktured Erie

It’s showdown time. This morning, Boulder County’s five-year ban on new oil and gas development officially expired. In its place, new rules governing oil and gas development in the county will take effect, which county commissioners say are the “strongest set of regulations on oil and gas development in the State of Colorado.”

Oil and gas industry officials have already vowed to challenge the new rules, saying they are essentially a ban by another name.

Meanwhile, “fracktivists” in Colorado’s most politically progressive county say that lifting the ban defies the will of the people who live here, and are planning everything from civil disobedience to mass meditation to prevent new drilling.

Read the entire story in the Colorado Independent here.

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