Judge orders a stay in Broomfield fracking ban vote

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration - Idealized

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration – Idealized

 Reporter-Denver Business Journal

A Broomfield district court judge will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the city properly conducted its election on banning the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The city’s November election on the matter was close, with an state-mandated recountindicating that the ban passed by a 20-vote margin. But election monitors representing the

, which opposed the ban, filed a suit against the city, saying some of the more than 20,000 votes should have been counted, and others should have been thrown out.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office also issued a report detailing problems with the process.

But the city certified the vote results, and the fracking ban, on Dec. 12.

City and County Attorney Bill Tuthill “advised that the ban on hydraulic fracturing activity contained in Question 300 is now in effect,” the city said in a statement posted on its website on Dec. 12.

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