Loveland voters have rejected a measure that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by oil and gas producers within the City limits. According to a press release from the City of Loveland, the votes for opposing the fracking moratorium were 10,844, while those in favor totaled 9,942.

The Loveland City Clerk mailed just under 45,000 ballots to registered voters within the City limits.

This is the actual question that was on the ballot:

“Shall an ordinance be adopted that places a two-year moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing within the City of Loveland to extract oil, gas or other hydrocarbons and on the storage and disposal of its waste products in order to fully study the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on property values and human health?”

Fracking is a technology that forces water, sand and chemicals into deep underground well bores, breaking open shale formations to release oil and gas they contain.

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