Fracking bans: Industry cash raised to fight them tops $600,000

Last week, we reported that the oil and gas industry has already donated enough cash in opposition to a proposed five-year moratorium on new drilling in Boulder to outspend backers of the measure 30-1. As the November election draws nearer and more campaign finance reports trickle in, it turns out the Boulder ballot issue is one of several that fracking interests are spending freely to defeat. In just four of the Front Range battles over local control of drilling, the industry has ponied up sums totaling more than $600,000.
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Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He teaches journalism at Colorado College; his stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.
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