On, June 18th, the People of Boulder witnessed an amazing turn of events that will have ripple effects across the State of Colorado. Due to relentless public pressure demanding a closer examination of the full impacts of fracking, theBoulder County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the moratorium by eighteen months for more study.
Hours later, the Boulder City Council voiced their support for a ballot issue in November that, if passed by voters, would establish a three-year moratorium on new oil and gas exploration and drilling, beginning in January and for a secondary, “hybrid” measure. This would be a three-year ban with a built-in two-year extension. The extension could only be lifted if compelling evidence showing hydraulic fracturing is not damaging to human, or environmental health, emerged before it’s expiration.