Loveland voters reject proposed fracking ban

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LOVELAND, Colo. — Loveland voters rejected a proposed two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

In a press release, the City of Loveland said the measure to impose a two-year stay against the controversial process of forcing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to extract oil and gas was struck down by nearly a 1,000 vote margin — 10,844 votes were casted in opposition of the ban and 9,942 voted in favor.

Loveland is the sixth city to vote on fracking restrictions, according to the Coloradoan.

However, it is the first city to reject this type of legislation.

Boulder, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Broomfield have all voted in favor of restricting fracking.

The election results could prompt Governor John Hickenlooper to call a special session.