Cathy Proctor Reporter-Denver Business Journal
Even as the final votes are tallied in Broomfield, one oil and gas attorney says he thinks the frack bans voters approved in at least three Colorado towns are on shaky legal ground under state law.
Voters in three towns, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Boulder, approved prohibitions on fracking in the Nov. 5 elections. Broomfield plans to finish its tally on Thursday.
Fort Collins and Boulder approved a five-year moratorium on the industry technique, also known as hydraulic fracturing. Lafayette’s voters approved an outright prohibition on fracking.
Broomfield’s result was too close to call because the unofficial vote tally had the “no” votes were leading by 13, out of the 20,519 cast. The ballot question called for a five-year moratorium on fracking.
Broomfield officials say there are about 363 votes that weren’t counted initially, due to various problems with the ballots. The city plans to count the ballots tomorrow, on Thursday, and hopefully finalize its election results. A recount also is possible.